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Off-duty search and rescue volunteer dies from fall in Kane County

A Kane County Search and Rescue volunteer died in a fall in a remote area of southern Utah on Sunday, police said.
A Kane County Search and Rescue volunteer died in a fall in a remote area of southern Utah on Sunday, police said.
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KANARRAVILLE, Iron County — A Kane County Search and Rescue volunteer died in a fall in a remote area of southern Utah on Sunday, police said.

Doug Fulkerson, 46, was killed after falling from a rock formation in the Cedar Mountain area of Kane County, according to the sheriff's office.

Fulkerson was riding ATVs with a friend when he got off of his vehicle and climbed onto a rock formation in a mountainous area near his cabin, officials said.

"His friend indicated that (Fulkerson) crouched down as though he was going to jump across an opening onto the next large rock, at which time he disappeared," the Kane County Sheriff's Ofice said in a statement.

A helicopter was called to the scene after the friend couldn't locate Fulkerson. Crews were able to spot his body from the air, about 35 feet from where he fell, and determined he was dead.

Kane County Search and Rescue volunteers recovered the body of their colleague with a harness Monday morning after using ropes to lower one person over the edge of the rock formation. The recovery effort was postponed Sunday night because of darkness.

"The work area was very small and dangerous," the Kane County Sheriff's Office said.

Police said Fulkerson was well-known in the Cedar Mountain area and had lived there a long time.

"Thanks to the volunteers of the Kane County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue who worked in a safe and professional manner in a very difficult and emotional situation," the sheriff's office said.

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