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Lakeland girl, 16, killed in fall at camp in NC

WSPA - PICKENS COUNTY, SC (WSPA) - A 16-year old girl from Florida died from injuries she received at a Young Life camp in Pickens County Monday afternoon.

The Pickens County Coroner reports Olivia Paige Grimes, of Lakeland, FL, fell 100 to 120 feet from a rope and ride course at Carolina Point on Sassafras Mountain.

The camp is located in both North Carolina and South Carolina. Most of the camp is in North Carolina off Glady Ford Road in Brevard.

The sheriff's office reports deputies were called to the scene around 4:20 pm. Monday. Grimes was participating in an event called "Freebird" with other teenagers. She was seated in a large pendulum swing - along with two other people - when she fell.

Deputies say the camp offers a week-long program that provides team building activities for teenagers.

The coroner's officer originally reported the death happened while the victim was on a zip line before the Pickens County Sheriff's Office issued a correction. The coroner's office also corrected the name of the victim from an earlier news release.

Oasis Community Church released the following statement:

A Sorrowful Message from Oasis Leadership

It's with deepest sorrow and broken hearts that we let you know that Olivia Grimes, the sixteen-year-old daughter of Pastor Phil and Robyn and sister of Sabrina, passed away on Monday after an accident at a summer camp. Due to the overwhelming nature of the circumstances, we are asking that you refrain from contacting Phil and Robyn at this time. Please keep them and the entire Grimes family in your prayers. We are grateful for your love and support, which will continue to be needed in the weeks and months ahead. We will update you with arrangements once we have that information.


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