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Woman survives 70-foot Red River Gorge fall, in good condition

A Northern Kentucky woman survived a 70 foot fall at the Red River Gorge Saturday night. Brandy Timerding, who turned 18 Saturday, was camping with her sister and three friends when she fell from a cliff near Princess Arch in Wolfe County around 9:30 p.m., said Rick Weber, the Wolfe County U.S. Forest Service land team leader for the Red River Gorge Mountain Rescue Team.

"She fell directly off the cliff, glanced off an outcropping about 12 feet down and hit the bottom at about 70 feet," Weber said.

Timerding suffered numerous injuries including multiple fractures to the face, arms and legs, he said. She was listed in good condition at the University of Kentucky Hospital.

Her group set up camp outside of a designated camping area with their campfire ring located about five feet from the edge of the cliff, Weber said.

Timerding's fall was the second such accident near the gorge in the past week. On Tuesday, two rock climbers were found dead after falling about 50 to 60 feet in the Red River Gorge area.

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