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July 8, 2016

Press Release


CASE#: 16C202118
TROOPER:  Sgt. Matthew Daley                                
STATION: New Haven                     
CONTACT#: 802-388-4919

DATE/TIME: July 7, 2016 at approximately 2306 hours.
LOCATION: West Vista Trail Head, Lincoln, VT


On July 7, 2016 at approximately 2306 hours, the New Haven State Police received a report
of a hiker that had fallen off a cliff near the West Vista Trail in Lincoln. VT.

Prior to the 911 call, Matthew Dibley (30) of Lincoln and Rachel Pentecost (28)
of Middlebury went for a short hike (10 minute) to an overlook that was accessed
using the West Vista Trail, around 1900 hours.  Dibley and Pentecost  stayed at
the top for approximately an hour.  As Dibley and Pentecost started to descend
they realized they had gone off the trail. Dibley and Pentecost started to walk
towards where they knew the road was located.  During this time Dibley lost his
footing and fell approximately 20-30 feet off a cliff.  The fall rendered Dibley
unconscious.  With no cell phone or light Pentecost was able to find her way out
of the woods and call 911 from a residence down the road.

Numerous local fire departments and rescue crews responded to include Lincoln
Fire Department, Ripton Fire Department, Bristol Rescue and Middlebury Rescue. A
small group from the Lincoln Fire Department formed a search party and went into
the woods to search for Dibley.  After a short search they located Dibley at
the bottom of the cliff.  With the assistance of all the rescue personal on
scene Dibley was secured on a back board and carried out of the woods.

Both Dibley and Pentecost were transported to UVM Medical Center.  Pentecost
was evaluated and release, however, Dibley was admitted to the hospital with
serious injuries. 

No further information is available at this time.

Sergeant Matthew Daley
Patrol Commander – New Haven Barracks
Vermont State Police
P.O.Box 83
New Haven, VT 05472
P: 802-388-4919
F: 802-453-7918