News presenter plunges to her death from top of waterfall

Taylor Terrell died a day before her 25th birthday. Photo / Facebook
Taylor Terrell died a day before her 25th birthday. Photo / Facebook

A news anchor has tragically fallen to her death from the top of a 48m waterfall, just a day before her 25th birthday.

Taylor Terrell was visiting Rainbow Falls in the US state of North Carolina on Thursday afternoon with a friend when she lost her footing.

United States Forest Service spokeswoman Cathy Dowd said Terrell slipped on rocks covered in algae while swimming and was swept over the edge of the waterfall.

Transylvania County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Eddie Gunter says there are two to three waterfall deaths every year at Rainbow Falls. Photo / Facebook
Transylvania County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Eddie Gunter says there are two to three waterfall deaths every year at Rainbow Falls. Photo / Facebook

Dowd said officials concluded that 24-year-old Terrell's death was an "accident".

Terrell was an anchor at WMGT in Macon, Georgia, where colleagues said she started in August 2013 as a reporter before being promoted to anchor.

"Taylor was a hard worker with a bright smile. She rose through the ranks from intern to reporter, to weekend anchor, to morning anchor and was eager to prepare for her next chapter," according to a statement issued by her news station.

"This is a devastating loss for us here at 41NBC and most definitely for her family."

Rainbow Falls is known for being a "dangerous spot", according to Transylvania County Sheriff's chief deputy Eddie Gunter.

"We usually have about two to three waterfall deaths up there every year," he said.

Taylor Terrell died a day before her 25th birthday. Photo / Facebook
Taylor Terrell died a day before her 25th birthday. Photo / Facebook

- news.com.au

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