Woman who fell 30 feet at Gooseberry Falls dies from her injuries

Her death was confirmed on a CaringBridge page.
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A 22-year-old woman injured in a fall at Gooseberry Falls State Park has died.

The death of Rebecca Nara was confirmed by her family, through a family friend, on her CaringBridge page Wednesday.

"She peacefully went while surrounded by friends and family," the friend wrote. "While this is truly a tragedy, it has saved her family from having to give the order to transition her to comfort care."

"Rebecca was a registered organ donor with healthy organs to pass on to others in need," they added. "Medical professionals said that her gifts will mean new lives for as many as 40 people. We are all very thankful for the prayers and support during this difficult time."

According to the Lake County Sheriff's Office, the incident happened at 7:16 p.m. Saturday, with Lake County dispatch receiving a report of a woman falling approximately 30 feet from the lower falls at the state park on the North Shore, north of Two Harbors.

She had been airlifted to St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth with a serious head injury. A post by mom Tammy on CaringBridge Tuesday said she had to have part of her skull removed to relieve the pressure, but her condition declined the same day.

A day earlier, it was written that "her chances of recovery are essentially zero percent," and that she wasn't able to breathe on her own.

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Nara's Facebook page states she's a graduate of Mounds View High School and was studying comic and sequential art at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

She also attended Centennial United Methodist Church in Roseville growing up, her pastor wrote.

"Rebecca was a very bright and wonderful young adult who grew up at Centennial, and our hearts break with her family," Pastor Brian Hacklander said. "We ask that you please keep Rebecca's parents Tammy and Bill and brother David, and all their family, in your prayers." 

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