NC YMCA camp closes zip line, increases staff after girl dies in zip line fall

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GLADE VALLEY, N.C. — Camp Cheerio has temporarily closed its zip line following the zip line accident that killed a 12-year-old Wilmington girl on Thursday, reported WCNC.

Camp Cheerio, located in Glade Valley in Alleghany County, also is increasing the amount of staff that will be available for supervision of all climbing elements.

Camp CEO David Ozmore says the zip line had been in operation at the camp for about four years. He said it works on dual lines and it appears the lines may have tangled. The tether attached to the child was somehow wrapped over the zip line and it snapped. Ozmore says the rubbing against the steel cable is what caused the line to break.

The fall was from a “major height,” Ozmore said.

The zip line will be closed for the remainder of the summer.

Camp Cheerio shared with WCNC a copy of the letter they sent to parents about the girl’s fatal accident:

Dear Parents;

The YMCA of Greater High Point and Camp Cheerio want to share some sad news tonight. There was a tragic Zip Line accident today involving a camper. Our trained staff responded and the camper was transported via ambulance to the hospital. We have communicated with the family and are working to help the family as best we can.

It is important for you to know that, as is our custom, we will investigate the incident at Camp Cheerio thoroughly and cooperate with appropriate local authorities in any investigation that may be conducted. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

It is important to share that we are working with our staff to ensure that Camp activities continue as best as possible this week and in future Camp sessions.

Camp activities will continue on schedule throughout the summer. We will close the Zip Line until further notice.

I will be available to receive any questions in the coming weeks as you prepare for Camp. Please call me at 336-862-9485 or directly to our Camp office at 336-363-2604.

Thank you for trusting your children to our care. We will do everything in our power to reassure you following this accident. Sincerely, David Ozmore YMCA of High Point President/CEO


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