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May 18, 2014 at 12:48 PM

7-year-old boy dies after slipping into Whatcom Falls

A 7-year-old boy who slipped into Whatcom Falls Tuesday afternoon has died.

Jaden Griffin had initially been declared dead at the scene after he fell about 30 feet into the water and was found in the undertow two hours later, according to the Bellingham Herald.

But doctors said there might be a way to at least keep him on life support because he’d been in cold water, so he was taken to Seattle Children’s, the Herald reported. He died on Thursday, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The boy had been visiting the falls with his parents and a 5-year-old sibling. Police and hospital staff have not released where the family lives.

Kevin Clark, a nearby hatchery manager, told the Herald that spring-time accidents and deaths at the falls and creek are too common.

“It’s been countless numbers of people,” he said. “It just breaks my heart.”

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