University of Vermont Student Dies from Rock Climbing Fall

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Vermont State Police

A University of Vermont student was killed on Saturday in a rock climbing accident in Bolton, according to state police.

Troopers received a 911 call around 5:15 p.m. about the accident that took place at the Lower West Bolton Climbing area.

According to police, Rebecca Ryan, 20, had been with friends when she fell off the estimated 90 foot cliff as she was attempting to ascend, and then died at the scene from her injuries.

Ryan was a University of Vermont student from Knoxville, Tennessee, and was an experienced rock climber, according to officials.

UVM officials said Ryan was a junior in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and was studying to be an athletic trainer. She was actively involved on campus with the Rock Climbing Club and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

"We extend our deepest condolences to Rebecca’s family. Our sincere thoughts of care and sympathy are also extended to Rebecca’s friends, classmates, and to faculty and staff who were close to her," said school officials in a statement.

The investigation into Ryan's death is ongoing, however, police do not suspect foul play.

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