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A 7-year-old Twin Cities boy was transported to a Duluth hospital by helicopter today after he fell 20 to 30 feet in the water after slipping on rocks at Gooseberry Falls State Park north of Two Harbors. (Holly Henry / Lake County News-Chronicle)

Boy taken to hospital after falling 20 to 30 feet at Gooseberry Falls

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A 7-year-old Twin Cities boy was transported to Duluth today by a Life Flight helicopter after he slipped on rocks at lower Gooseberry Falls and fell 20 to 30 feet.


The boy's injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, said Paul Sundberg, manager of Gooseberry Falls State Park. The Lake County sheriff's rescue squad responded to the call around noon and called for a Life Flight transfer.

"Because of the distance the boy fell, rescuers wanted to transport him as a precaution via helicopter," Sundberg said. "A fall of that distance is generally seen as a serious situation."

Officials did not release the boy's name or his medical condition.

Sundberg said that the mishap was the 11th fall by a park visitor this season and that a number of such incidents happen each year.

"We would like visitors to stay on the paths, but there are no park rules preventing them from walking on the rocks," Sundberg said. "People are going to do it, as they enjoy the area."

Gooseberry Falls, north of Two Harbors, is managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.