A 38-year-old man died in a swimming accident Tuesday at Drysdale Falls in Colchester County.
Sam London, a firefighter with Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency, drowned after slipping under the water in a pool at the top of the falls.
An RCMP news release said the Three Fathom Harbour man was swimming with his family at the waterfall near Tatamagouche just after 4:30 p.m. when he went under the surface and did not come back up.
A GoFundMe page, launched on Wednesday, said London, his wife and three children were swimming at the falls when London's son got stuck in a whirlpool.
"Sam jumped in to successfully rescue his son, but was instead swept into the undercurrent himself," the page said.
A family member tried to rescue him but couldn’t, RCMP said. Two members of the man’s family were rescued by the Bible Hill-based Special Hazards Response Unit, a team that does rope rescue and other specialized emergency work.
The team later located London's body.
By Thursday morning, the fundraising campaign had raised $13,575 of its $25,000 goal to "ease the financial burden" for London's family.
The falls are as dangerous as they are popular. Over the years, barricades and no-trespassing signs have been installed on the private property around the falls, but they are often ignored or torn down.
In September 2017, a 17-year-old boy was hospitalized with serious injuries after jumping from a cliff at the waterfall into a swimming hole.
In August 2013, emergency crews had to rescue a 42-year-old New Brunswick woman who got stuck at the top of the waterfall.
In June 2007, a 40-year-old Oxford man died at the falls after jumping from the top of a cliff overlooking the waterfall into a deep, rain-swelled, swirling pool of water at the crest of the falls, which is known for a strong undertow.
In July 2006, a 16-year-old boy had to be rescued after becoming trapped in the rain-swelled river at the top of a waterfall, the third time someone had gotten into trouble there in a few months.
In August 2000, a 49-year-old man was airlifted to a Halifax hospital with back injuries after he jumped from the 18-metre perch above the falls, one of three mishaps reported there that summer.
In 1985, a 17-year-old boy died after he dove from the falls and broke his neck.
With files from the Truro News