A hiker died Thursday after falling in the Linville Gorge.

The Watauga Democrat reports Burke County 911 received the call just after 12 noon Thursday, of an injured hiker off Rock Jock trail.

Teams located the hiker around 4 pm.

Michael Patrick Ryva, 30, of Forest Park, Illinois, accidentally fell to his death, approximately 80 feet off of a ledge.

Emergency crews from Burke, Linville, Oak Hill, Spruce Pine and North Carolina Emergency Management spent hours searching and extracting the victim.