Update: Somerset man lucky to be alive after 60-foot fall

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PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - Update 7/15/19

A Pulaski County man is recovering after a 60-foot fall down a bluff Sunday.

A Golden Alert for 79-year-old Bobby Wood led to a day-long search. A boater eventually found him at the bottom of the bluff.

Sister station WKYT reports Wood is lucky to be alive.

"We used every tool we had available to us to search and find Mr. Wood," said Stacy Halcomb, Public Safety Director. "Very amazing that he's not hurt any worse from the fall. It's just straight over the cliff, is what it is from the back of his house."

Crews rappelled down the cliff and used a thermal imaging drone to try to find him. The thick undergrowth made it hard to see, and officials think Wood was unconscious for much of the time. It was about 12 hours before the boater spotted him.

Wood's wife told officials he has some torn skin and bruises, along with some other small injuries, but no broken bones.

Neighbors said this is not the first time someone has fallen in that area.

Update 7:30 p.m. 7/14/19

Deputies say Bobby Wood was found behind a neighbor's house on Sunday afternoon.

He fell down a 60-foot bluff and a boater spotted him.

Wood was flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment.

Original Story:

The Pulaski County Sheriff issued a golden alert for a missing man from Somerset.

The sheriff says Bobby Wood was reported missing from his home on Cliffside Drive at about 5 a.m. Sunday.

Officials believe Wood walked away from his home and may have been disoriented and confused.

Wood is 79 years old, 5'8", has white hair and weighs about 185 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red t-shirt, red and white checked lounge pants and no shoes.

If you have any information on where he might be, you should call your local law enforcement agency.



 
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