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Natural Dangers: Needham Boy Falls 150 Feet at Aubrey Falls

A 14-year old boy from Needham fell 150 feet from an Aubrey Falls rock and lived to tell about it. This accident is just the latest in a series of accidents this summer at national parks and campsites that show the natural dangers of the wild.

According to WCVB TV, the unidentified teen was standing on the edge of the rock at the Canadian park when he fell 150 feet into a gorge. Due to the steep grade, it took a five-man technical team to rescue the boy, who miraculously, was not seriously injured.

As we're in the midst of the dog days of summer, more and more people like the Needham boy are going camping, visiting national parks, and doing other things in the wild. But flocks of urbanites and suburbanites out in nature can expose themselves to natural dangers of the wild.

Yosemite National Park is experiencing its most deadly year in a long time. So far, 14 people have died in accidents around the park. Most recently, a woman plummeted 600 feet to her death after climbing Half Dome in rainy conditions. Last month, three people goofing off on top of a waterfall were swept to their death.

In Alaska, a New York teen was nearly mauled to death by a bear while on a wilderness survival course.

And showing that even trees can pose a danger, two campers in New Jersey were crushed to death by a fallen tree and a teen in Wyoming was similarly killed when a tree fell on her.

As you visit the natural beauties that parks like Aubrey Falls offer, you should also be aware of the natural dangers. Mother Nature can be ruthless and is often immune from lawsuits.

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