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Fort Campbell soldier dies in rappelling accident in North Alabama cave

By AMY YURKANIN | Alabama Media Group, Birmingham | Published: July 8, 2019

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Tribune News Service) — A man died this weekend in a rappelling accident at Stephen’s Gap, a cave featuring a 143-foot pit that was the site of another fatal fall in April.

Officials from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as 20-year-old Phillip Whitehead, who served in the Army and was stationed at Fort Campbell. A TV station, WAAY, reported that Whitehead was from Florida and climbing with a friend when the accident occurred.

The call came in around 6 p.m. Sunday night, according to news reports.

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