Man dies after 80-foot fall at NC mountain park

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CONNELLY SPRINGS, N.C. (AP) – Authorities say a 25-year-old man 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. WBTV reported that Yount was from Hickory.

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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