Staff ReportNewsWest 9
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.