Two Men Flown Out Of The Red River Gorge After Fall

Two men are safe after being stranded for hours in the Red River Gorge.

The men, Mike Plummer and Derek Dye, were trapped on a cliff in the Rock Bridge Area in Wolfe County.

Another hiker, Miki Padgett, avoided the fall, and tried to do everything he could to help his friends until rescue crews arrived.

Crews from several counties worked all morning to save the men and finally got them out just before noon.

They have been airlifted to UK hospital after falling over 50 feet, suffering injuries such as broken bones and severe blood loss.

27 NEWSFIRST has learned two of the hikers are from Bowling Green, the third is from Fort Thomas.

Both Plummer and Dye are listed in fair condition at UK.

AP Story

WINCHESTER, Ky. (AP) - The Wolfe County and Powell County rescue squads have recovered two men who fell some 50 feet from a cliff in the Red River Gorge.

The injured men were flown by helicopter late this morning to receive hospital treatment for their injuries. Their names and conditions have not been released by authorities.

Television reports say the two and one other man were hiking in the Rockbridge area of the Gorge. The Powell County Rescue Squad was also on the scene.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by DC Location: Hazard on Jul 16, 2007 at 07:14 AM
    At some point in time, people are going to have to assume financial responsability for having to be rescued.
  • by Miki Padgett Location: Lexington on Jul 15, 2007 at 05:27 PM
    Both men are recovering from their injuries. Michael Plummer is not out of the woods yet. Possible infection might set in and the chance of amputation of his arm is a possibility. Derek Dye had a bar placed in his leg and he is expected to make a full recovery.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 13, 2007 at 01:08 PM
    Damn the red river gorge up and amke a good fishing whole
  • by James Location: Lexington on Jul 13, 2007 at 10:35 AM
    First off dont hike at 9:00 pm when tree cover will almost likely give you complete darkness even at this time of year. Second dont get close to edges unless you are have prepared yourself. I am glad they are ok but I think they should have been smarter than that.
  • by concerned Location: red river gorge on Jul 13, 2007 at 07:33 AM
    You know this is a shame. People should have to be certified to go out doors especially if they are out of a big city invironment. Most of the people that come in to my area to hike, camp, etc are out of Ohio and most of these people have NO concept of a clift. It amazes me how many people have died in my area just from walking off a cliff. One guy many years ago from Ohio chanced his toilet paper over a cliff not realizing that the hill he was on would end abrutly... Then the rest of them come in the gorge to use their drugs and get close to nature WTF... These people need to take vacation in their own back yards it could save their life and quit giving the place I live a bad name!

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