Lincoln man dies following fall from cliff

LINCOLN — A Lincoln man who fell from a cliff on Mount Abraham on July 7 has died.
Matthew Dibley, 30, fell around 30 feet from a cliff near the West Vista Trail on Mount Abraham near the Lincoln Gap while hiking back to his car with a friend around dusk.
Dibley and Rachel Pentecost, 28, of Middlebury had gone for a short hike to an overlook that they had accessed using the West Vista Trail at around 7 p.m., according to police. Dibley and Pentecost stayed at the top for around an hour, then accidently veered off the trail as they made their descent, police said.
 The couple decided to make their way toward an area where they knew a road was located, according to authorities. It was during this time that Dibley lost his footing and fell, police said.
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, police said.
Many local fire departments and rescue crews responded to help. A small group from the Lincoln Fire Department formed a search party and went into the woods to search for Dibley, whom they located at the bottom of the cliff unconscious, police said. Rescue personal secured Dibley on a backboard and carried him out of the woods. Both Dibley and Pentecost were taken to UVM Medical Center. Pentecost was evaluated and released, but Dibley was admitted to the hospital with serious injuries, according to state police.
Dibley died the following Saturday, July 9.
Dibley was born in Indiana moved to Vermont about six or seven years ago. He was the head brewer of kombucha at Aqua Vitea in Bristol, according to The Elkhart Truth newspaper. He was known for his love of nature.
A memorial ceremony will be held by Vermont friends at a later date.

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