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Submitted by Katelyn Supa on Wed, 07/06/2011 - 6:11am.

LAKE LURE, NC (AP) -- Rutherford County officials say a Sylva man has died after he fell while climbing a mountain near Lake Lure. Detective Billy Scoggins says 29-year-old Joshua Earl Haddock suffered a broken neck when he fell 30 to 40 feet. Scoggins says Haddock was flown to Mission Hospital in Asheville where he was pronounced dead Saturday. Haddocks had gone with some friends to Rumbling Bald Mountain north of Lake Lure for a climb. Scoggins says Haddock was rappelling down a cliff when his rope came loose from a climbing pin. Scoggins says friends heard Haddock fall and hurried to try to help. Haddock had come home to visit his parents for the Independence Day holiday weekend from the University of Cincinnati, where he was working on his doctorate in philosophy. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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