Kids who fell at Gooseberry recovering at home, mother calls it a miracle

Updated: August 10, 2020 06:14 PM

Gooseberry Falls is always a popular place. And during the pandemic, plenty of people are making the trip up the North Shore.


"We wanted to get away as a family. And the kids have never seen it. With COVID, you don't have a lot of options," shared Pete Kramer, who is from near Rochester. 

Mindy Peters added, "We're staying up at Lutsen, and are working our way up, and enjoying the outdoors." They had two kids along, Kaiden and Jace.

So many others are doing the same, like the Silver family from Lakeville, who was up there on Saturday.

Malerie Silver said her two kids were walking along a path, slipped, and landed in the water. In a message on Facebook, she said she and her husband tried to grab them, but the current pushed them away faster and over the falls.

People helped Caydenc, who is 5, and Hunter, who is 6, at the bottom, until first responders showed up. "I will forever be grateful for the attention you provided my family, for the support, and for the many shoulders I screamed on," Silver said in a statement.

Lake County Sheriff Carey Johnson said both the ambulance service and the rescue squad were paged out. Life Link III ended up bringing the kids to Duluth. He's glad the outcome is good.

"With the amount of rainfall we've had, the rivers are flowing a lot. And that just makes it more dangerous. The soil and the rocks are slippery. And the force of the current can sweep you away," Johnson said.

Silver said it's a miracle her kids survived with only minor injuries. Caydence needed stitches on her nose and hand, and has a broken arm and finger. Hunter is pretty bruised up, and had a minor concussion.

"We want to thank everyone who helped. If you were at the top trying to help, at the bottom and helped grab them, if you helped surround them, if you prayed for them, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. My world could have easily ended in that moment. But God decided it was not their time," Silver added. "It can take one second of blinking and an accident, no matter how close you are to your kids."

The family was on a trek to visit all the state parks.

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