- Associated Press - Sunday, February 19, 2017

CONNELLY SPRINGS, N.C. (AP) - Authorities say a 25-year-old man had died after falling over a waterfall at a North Carolina state park in Burke County.

South Mountains Park Ranger Lance Huss told media outlets that Ryan Yount was walking near the edge of 80-foot tall High Shoals Falls when he lost his footing and went over around 4:45 p.m. Friday.

Huss says Yount was visiting the park near Connelly Springs with a small group that included his girlfriend. No one else was injured.

Huss says the fall remains under investigation, but all the evidence gathered so far appears it was an accident.

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