Man dies after falling off cliff at Red River Gorge

Published: Dec. 13, 2015 at 2:14 PM EST
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The Wolfe County Search and Rescue team has worked their third fatality of the year at Chimney Top in the Red River Gorge.

The search and rescue team was called to Chimney Top Rock around 10:00a.m. on Sunday for a hiker who had fallen off a large cliff after crossing a safety railing.

"He had jumped across and apparently rolled his ankle when he landed on the other side. That pitched him back and he fell off the right hand side of the cliff and that is about a 200 feet cliff line," explained John May, with Wolfe County Search and Rescue.

Team members say the victim, a 25-year-old man, was visiting Red River Gorge from out of state.

"It was actually his first time in the gorge, and that was the first spot they went to. Unfortunately they ran out to the view and within 10 minutes he had fallen...just a tragedy for all involved," said May.

Chimney Top is a popular spot for hikers and unfortunately is a location search teams are familiar with.

"Breathtaking views and people love going to this particular spot. Unfortunately, some people cross over the railing and when you do that your life is at risk. They like to try and jump over on to the chimney part...when you do that sometimes you make it, sometimes you don't," said May.

Sunday's fall victim has not been identified. Officials say he was hiking with a friend when he fell.

Wolfe County Search and Rescue was assisted by teams from both Powell and Menifee counties.