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Beaverton man dies in waterfall accident

James Fowler, 25, slipped and went over 100-foot Lava Canyon Falls in Washington


The body of a 25-year-old Beaverton man was recovered Monday, the day after he slipped and went over the 100-foot high Lava Canyon Falls near Mount St. Helens.

The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call on Sunday reporting that James Fowler was trying to cross the river just above the falls when he stepped on a partially submerged rock and the swift water swept him over the falls.

The site is about 20 miles northeast of Cougar, Wash., in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Officials said Fowler’s body was seen floating face down below the falls. A witness tried to reach Fowler but the rugged terrain turned him back.

Search crews aided by an aircraft searched Sunday night and Monday morning before his body was recovered at about 12:30 p.m. Monday.

His body was taken to the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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