FALL ON ROCK, FAILURE OF RAPPEL—ROPE INCORRECTLY PLACED
THROUGH FIGURE OF EIGHT
West Virginia, New River Gorge NRA, Fern Point
On May 20, 1994, a climber fell 90 feet because he had incorrectly threaded his rappel rope through a Figure Eight descending device.
The report of the incident was received at 1445, and evacuation completed by 1835. Victim was transported to hospital and treated for fractures of the head, rib cage, clavicle, and pelvis. (Source: J. Cottrell, New River Gorge NR)