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Rescue group warns about camping while intoxicated after Red River Gorge death

Wolfe County Search and Rescue searched for a man reported missing at Whistling Arch.
Wolfe County Search and Rescue searched for a man reported missing at Whistling Arch. Wolfe County Search and Rescue

A man who was under the influence apparently fell 150 feet to his death Tuesday in the Red River Gorge area, Wolfe County Search and Rescue Team reported on its Facebook page.

“We can’t stress it enough that camping along cliffs while under the influence is a terrible idea,” the search and rescue team’s Facebook page said. “Our condolences to his family and friends.”

The coroner identified the man as Luis Fernando Carlos, 20, WKYT reported. WKYT is the Herald-Leader’s reporting partner.

The rescue team said it received a call about 7:30 p.m. that a person was under the influence on top of Whistling Arch. Carlos was camping with two friends.

By the time the team reached the cliff, the friends said Carlos was no longer on top of the cliff and they were uncertain of his location, Wolfe County rescue reported. After a search, Carlos’ body was found about 150 below the cliff line.

The toredrivergorge.com website warns visitors to “use extreme caution” at Whistling Arch because “fatal accidents occur in the area too often.”

Search and rescue teams from Powell and Menifee counties assisted in the recovery efforts.

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