SLADE, Ky. (AP) - A 28-year-old Ohio man has become the third person this year to fall 200 feet to his death while hiking at eastern Kentucky’s Red River Gorge.
Wolfe County Coroner Frank Porter identified the man on Monday as Timothy James Amiot, 28, of Cincinnati.
According to media reports, the Wolfe County Search and Rescue team was called Chimney Top Rock around 10 a.m. Sunday on a report of a hiker who had fallen after crossing a safety rail to try to get onto the rock.
“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,” John May with Wolfe County Search and Rescue told WKYT-TV.
He said it was Amoit’s first time at the gorge and he was hiking with a friend when he fell at the popular tourist attraction.
“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,” May said.
Amoit is the third person from Ohio to suffer a fatal fall at Chimney Top Rock this year.
Jason M. Lazor, 36, of Cincinnati, died in February and Michael Hacker, 30, of Goshen, Ohio, died in October.
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