Man falls 200 feet to his death at Red River Gorge

A 25-year-old man fell 200 feet to his death Sunday morning at Eastern Kentucky’s Red River Gorge.

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

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

This was the third fatality in 2015 at Chimney Top Rock, according to the rescue team.

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