GASTONIA, N.C. — A climber fell about 70 feet and died from serious injuries at Crowders Mountain State Park Monday, officials with the Gastonia Fire Department said.
Rescue personnel responded to the call around 6:25 p.m.
Gastonia Fire Department rope technicians lowered themselves to the patient, clipped the patient into rescue ropes and lowered the patient down to safe ground.
Despite the efforts of all personnel involved, the patient died at the scene.
Witnesses said the man, who was climbing alone, all of a sudden he lost his grip and fell backwards and his harness did not catch him.
The rope stopped him about 15 feet from the ground. They told WSOC they could hear the man saying that he could not breathe.
The witnesses called 911 and watched rescuers arrive to the remote area.
Chris Stowe with the Gastonia Fire Department said, “We want to recommend if you do come climbing, always climb in pairs, even three, four, five people or more.”
No other injuries were reported.