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Fla. man dies after fall from rocky ledge

July 04, 2005

BOONSBORO - A Florida man died Saturday morning from injuries sustained after falling from a rocky ledge in South Mountain State Park Friday, a spokesman for the Maryland Natural Resources Police said Sunday.

Officers responded at 3:36 p.m. to Annapolis Rock in South Mountain State Park for a report that an individual had fallen from the rocks, according to Cpl. Ken Turner.

Matthew J. All, 19, of Sarasota, Fla., fell approximately 50 feet. He and friends were hiking in the area. Due to the rugged terrain of the area, All had to be airlifted by a Maryland State Police helicopter from the scene and taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he later died, Turner said.

The Maryland Park Service Ridge Runners, as well as personnel from Boonsboro, Myersville, Mount Aetna, Hagerstown Fire Department and the Advanced Tactical Rescue Unit from Frederick, Md., assisted in the rescue operation.

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Annapolis Rock is a popular side trail of the Appalachian Trail along the Washington/Frederick county line used by hikers, campers and sightseers, Turner said.

Maryland Natural Resources Police and the Maryland Park Service remind people to use extreme caution while hiking or rock climbing in remote, undeveloped areas. Hikers are advised not to go alone, to take a cell phone along, and tell a friend or family member their destination and when they are expected to return.

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