UC Berkeley law student slips, falls off waterfall in Oregon

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Emergency searchers at Toketee Falls in Oregon are looking for UC Berkeley law student Brian Lewinstein after he slipped and fell Sunday afternoon, according to a press release from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Lewinstein, 23, crossed a safety fence to take a photograph from above the falls when he slipped and fell down the embankment, off the hills and into the water about 2:48 p.m.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Lewinstein worked as a juvenile defense intern at the East Bay Community Law Center, or EBCLC.

Tony Cheng, director of the Youth Defender Clinic at EBCLC,  said he supervised Lewinstein during his summer internship. Cheng said Lewinstein was well-liked and outgoing and that he had particular interest in helping youth in his career.

“Everyone here is very saddened; it’s a really tragic situation,” Cheng said.

Lewinstein has not been located as of press time.

“Given the terrain and factors involved this mission is very complex,” said Sgt. Brad O’Dell in the press release. “Our search volunteers are searching with an utmost sense of urgency, while carefully balancing the needs for responder safety.”

Check back for updates.

Contact Jessíca Jiménez at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @jesscajimenez_dc.