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Lovington Man Dies After Falling Down a Sinkhole

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A Lovington man died Thursday night in the Lincoln National Forest when he fell down a sinkhole.

Authorities say 40-year old Brett Smith was rappelling into the 40 foot sinkhole when his ropes got stuck on the edge of the hole.

During an attempt to pull Smith out, the rope broke, dropping him to the bottom.

He was pronounced dead on the scene.