Ga. man dies in NC rappelling accident

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FRANKLIN, N.C. - A 19-year-old man has died in a rappelling accident at a cliff near Cullasaja Falls in western North Carolina.

Macon County Emergency Services Director Warren Cabe said the man apparently fell unimpeded about 150 feet to the base of the cliff, which is located at the edge of the Cullasaja River near the top of the falls.

Cabe identified the man as 19-year-old Gregory Cooper of Dawsonville, Ga.

The incident occurred shortly before a call was placed to Macon County 911 at 4:15 p.m. Sunday. The cause of Cooper's fall is still under investigation.

Cabe said a second person was slightly injured but didn't require a trip to the hospital.

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MJ 02/08/11 - 03:26 am


swimmer 02/08/11 - 06:07 am
I've hiked in to see that

I've hiked in to see that waterfall and it truly is a beautiful place. I hope this young man's family can find strength in knowing that Gregory most likely died doing something he loved....condolences to his family.

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