Camper Falls Off Ky. Cliff While Sleepwalking

Luckily, the Ohio man is expected to make a full recovery
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 9, 2014 1:00 PM CDT
Camper Falls Off Ky. Cliff While Sleepwalking
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Rescue crews say an Ohio man who was camping with friends in central Kentucky's Red River Gorge is recovering after falling from a cliff while sleepwalking. A Wolfe County rope technician tells WKYT that the Cincinnati man, whose name wasn't released, fell about 60 feet early Thursday and landed in an area with several large boulders.

Powell County Emergency Management tells WKYT that the group had set up camp near Grays Arch Trail and that the man's friends called for help after realizing that he was missing around 1:15am Thursday. His friends found the man, who reportedly has a history of sleepwalking, at the bottom of a 60-foot cliff. Rescuers pulled him out four hours later in a recovery made more difficult by the dark, the fog, and the cliff's jagged edges, notes the station. The rope technician, who said it was a "miracle" the sleepwalker survived, said the man suffered a head injury, dislocated shoulder, and fractured leg but is expected to make a full recovery. (More sleepwalking stories.)

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