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Man dies in fall trying to save his dog

A South Carolina man fell 125 feet to his death after trying to keep his dog from going over the ledge at an isolated waterfall.

David A. Lewis, 29, died Saturday on a hike in Greenville County with his girlfriend and dog.

An autopsy was scheduled for yesterday, according to the Greenville News.

“His dog got away from him, and started running for the falls. Then he went after his dog and reached for his dog. And as I understand it, when he reached for the dog, they both went over the falls,” Greenville County Deputy Coroner Kent Dill told WYFF

The dog was able to get his footing and get back to level ground, Dill said.

The girlfriend suffered some bruises while trying to make her way down to Lewis.

Lewis was a landscape architect with Earth Designs in Pickens.


Comment from Starla
Time May 3, 2011 at 11:56 am

How Tragic! My sincere sympathy to his Family, Friends & his Dog, whom he clearly loved. 🙁

Comment from smoketoomuch
Time May 4, 2011 at 2:14 pm

A very sad (also very noble) death. My sincerest condolences to his family, his girlfriend, and his dog. Doubtless he will be missed by all of them.

Others kill dogs, film it, and call it “Art”, David Lewis gave his life trying to save the life of his beloved friend. The world would be a better place with more people like Mr. Lewis in it.
Rest In Peace.

Comment from Mrs. C
Time May 8, 2011 at 12:25 am

Thank you for your comments, SmokeTooMuch. Alan had a wonderful service this weekend with over 500 people in attendance. It was an appropriate send-off for a very special man who made the world a better place just for having lived.