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Originally published: 2013-04-02 16:01:37
Last modified: 2013-04-03 10:47:01

Deadly fall near Hunt Fish Falls

Matthew Hundley / (

Officers with Avery County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the death of Alexander Chamberlain, 24, of Shelby. Chamberlain was hiking near Hunt Fish Falls on National Forest Land on Saturday, March 30, when he fell approximately 80 feet. Hikers with Chamberlain and campers nearby hiked approximately one mile to obtain cell service to call 911. The helicopter rescue service WINGS took Chamberlain to Johnson City Medical Center, where he passed away early on the morning of Sunday, March 31, as a result of injuries from the fall.

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