On Monday 5/2/03, Mike Vickery, a Lieutenent with my fire dept. fell approx. 70 feet when his flipline apparently broke. I'm still uncertain about all of the details, but supposedly he had limbed the tree and was about to cut the top when he leaned back into his lanyard to start his saw and it broke. I have not seen the lanyard but have been told it was a three strand lanyard the had some wear to it. He obviously had no second tie in. It was apparent that he did not cut his lanyard because saw was not running when he fell. Mike was a very experienced climber and was about three years away from retirement. As I get more details I will post them.