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Fort Smith man survives fall from Newton Co. cliff

Newton County authorities say a 19-year-old Fort Smith man was seriously injured - but survived an estimated 100-foot fall from a cliff.

HARRISON, Ark. (AP) — Newton County authorities say a 19-year-old Fort Smith man was seriously injured - but survived an estimated 100-foot fall from a cliff.

Sheriff Keith Slape told the Harrison Daily Times that Austin Elders fell from what's known as Hawksbill Crag on Whitaker Point about 4 a.m. Saturday while he and a friend were stargazing. Slape says the two were camping in the area and the friend was finally able to get cell service and call for help about 5 a.m.

Slape says Elders fell through small trees and branches and that helped break the fall somewhat.

 

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