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Engineering student, 21, dies after falling 200 feet while hiking an Alabama cave

Engineering student, 21, dies after falling 200 feet while hiking an Alabama cave

  • A college student died after falling 200 feet while hiking in a cave in Alabama 
  • Trevor Col, 21, was with friends who had camped over night  at Valhalla Cave
  • It is understood that his equipment malfunctioned which caused the fall 
  • Friends had to drive more than a mile to raise the alarm and call authorities 

A college student died after falling 200 feet while hiking in a cave in Alabama over the weekend.  

Trever Col, 21, was pronounced dead after a rappelling accident at Valhalla Cave on Saturday at around 8.30am, Jackson County Sheriff Chuck Phillips said.

Col, a student at Purdue University in Indiana, had traveled to the area with other students who spent the night camping in the caves.

College student Trevor Col (pictured), died after falling 200 feet while hiking in a cave in Alabama over the weekend

Col was pronounced dead after a rappelling accident at Valhalla Cave on Saturday at around 8.30am

Col was pronounced dead after a rappelling accident at Valhalla Cave on Saturday at around 8.30am 

The victim, who was originally from Austin, Texas, fell as the group were hiking back down, NBC reported. 

Officials claimed that the ropes being used by the students were not long enough for the climb, according to NBC. It is understood that they tied some of the rope material together.  

It is believed Col did not have his harness on properly, which caused him to fall. 

Officials claimed that the ropes being used by the students were not long enough for the climb, according to NBC

Officials claimed that the ropes being used by the students were not long enough for the climb, according to NBC

Valhalla is described as one of the finest pit caves in the U.S, and has a 227-foot entrance pitch and more than half a mile of cave at the bottom

Valhalla is described as one of the finest pit caves in the U.S, and has a 227-foot entrance pitch and more than half a mile of cave at the bottom

Trever Col

Trever Col

Col had experience as a hiker and climber and had undertaken similar trips previously 

Valhalla is described as one of the finest pit caves in the southeast, and has a 227-foot entrance pitch and more than half a mile of cave at the bottom.  

Col’s friends, who also attend Perdue University, had to drive over a mile in order to get service and call emergency crews, according to Phillips.

Phillips said the 21-year-old had hiked and climbed previously and had experience. 

He said Col was the third person to fall this season in the Valhalla Cave Preserve, which is a popular tourist destination. Col was studying mechanical engineering at Perdue University. 

Purdue’s dean of students, Katie Sermersheim, told NBC: ‘We are saddened to learn of the tragic death of Trever and offer our condolences and support to his family and friends.’

Pictures on social media show him hiking in a number of locations and also show him playing football and hockey. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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