Ohio man dies after falling during hike at Red River Gorge

SLADE, Ky. (AP) — A 25-year-old man has died after falling 200 feet while hiking at Eastern Kentucky’s Red River Gorge.

Wolfe County Search and Rescue said in a Facebook post that the man crossed a safety railing at Chimney Top Rock shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday, and then leapt across an open space to the chimney. His ankle rolled when he landed. The post says that, combined with his momentum, caused him to fall. The rescue team retrieved the body 200 feet below.

The Wolfe County coroner’s office says it would not release the man’s name until police could notify his family in Ohio, where he lived.

The rescue team says this was the third fatality in 2015 at Chimney Top Rock.


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