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Intoxication Indicated In Deadly Fall From Red River Gorge Arch

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WOLFE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A man died Tuesday night in an apparent fall at Red River Gorge, and authorities say intoxication is likely a factor.

The Wolfe County Coroner on Wednesday identified the victim as 20-year-old Luis Fernando Carlos, a resident of the Florence/Burlington area in northern Kentucky. The coroner said Carlos died of blunt force injuries caused by the fall. Toxicology results are pending, but officials believe the drugs were either acid or marijuana. 

Local EMS and law enforcement called Wolfe County Search and Rescue around 7:30 p.m. to report a man who was under the influence on top of Whistling Arch. The man had been camping with two of his friends.

Officials say by the time they reached the cliff, the friends reported that the man was no longer on top of the cliff and they were uncertain of his location.

A search was conducted at the top and base of the cliff, and eventually team members found the man dead approximately 150 feet from the top of the cliff line.

Wolfe County Search and Rescue officials stress that camping along cliffs while under the influence is a terrible idea. They also extended condolences to his family and friends.

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