Details emerge in fatal fall

MUNISING – Details have been released about an incident Monday in which a 24-year-old man fell 70 feet to his death at Miners Falls.

The deceased was identified as Franklin Carver Sade of Norway.

Acting Chief Ranger Bill Smith of the National Parks Service said that Sade and Jordan McGuire had been camping near the top of Miners Falls in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Sade was in the process of obtaining campfire wood when he fell at about 2:30 a.m., said Smith. McGuire called 911 once he reached a location with cell phone service.

Smith noted that the steep, rough terrain and inclement weather conditions contributed to the difficulty of the rescue.

“Temperatures were below freezing, rocky surfaces were ice-covered, natural lighting was minimal, and the Miners River was higher than usual,” he added.

Rescuers used an extension ladder to move Sade from the east side of the river to the west side. They then carried him up the steep hill to a waiting rescue vehicle.

Smith said Sade was transported by ambulance to Munising Memorial Hospital, where he died as a result of his injuries.

Smith pointed out there are no established campsites in or around the Miners Falls area, and that alcohol may have been a factor in the incident.

An autopsy will take place at Marquette General Hospital.

The case will remain open pending further investigation, said Smith.

Assisting at the scene were the Alger County Sheriff’s Department, Alger County EMS, Alger County Rescue 21, Munising Township Fire Department, Eastern Upper Peninsula Search and Rescue, and the Rock River Township Fire Department.