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Marine Injured in Climbing Accident at Pilot Mountain State Park, NC


A Marine practicing a repelling exercise in Pilot Mountain State Park (pictured here) in North Carolina was injured after falling 50 feet from a ledge. He was stationed at nearby Camp Lejeune.

Jessie Cox, 30, was climbing with six other Marines when he fell. It is unknown if human or equipment error was the cause of the fall.

It took rescuers 45 minutes to reach him. He was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in stable condition. The extent of his injuries is also unknown.

Read the story here.

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  • HemlockMan

    Actually, the summit shown in the photo is completely off limits to any human access at all (sensitive nesting sites and fragile plant environment). The climbing was probably near the Ledge Spring Trail you mentioned in an earlier Hiker Hell post.

    (Unless they allow military special access to the peak.)

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