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Swimmer drowns at popular waterfall in North Carolina

Elk River Falls, in the Pisgah National Forest, has been the scene of multiple drownings in recent years.
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LINVILLE, N.C. — A 53-year-old man has died after drowning at a popular waterfall in western North Carolina.

The Linville Volunteer Fire Department said it received a call late Friday morning about a missing swimmer at Elk River Falls. WJHL-TV in Johnson City, Tennessee reported that the victim was 53-year-old Philip D. Williams. 

Elk River Falls, in the Pisgah National Forest, has been the scene of multiple drownings in recent years. During the rescue and recovery efforts Friday, a diver with the fire department suffered a medical emergency and was taken by helicopter to the hospital. 

The diver is expected to make a full recovery.

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