Man brought to hospital after falling in South Knoxville

Man brought to hospital after falling from cliff in South Knoxville

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A search rescue for the man started early Thursday in the 1000 block of Cherokee Trail, near the University of Tennessee Medical Center. A search rescue for the man started early Thursday in the 1000 block of Cherokee Trail, near the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
Officials at the scene say the man was transported to UT Medical Center for his injuries. Officials at the scene say the man was transported to UT Medical Center for his injuries.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A man was transported to the hospital Thursday morning after falling from a cliff in South Knoxville.

A search and rescue for the man started around 4:30 a.m. in the 1000 block of Cherokee Trail, near the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

The man was at an overlook with a friend taking in the city views when he fell off the side of the cliff.

Crews had a hard time reaching the man and were forced to rappel down a cliff to get to him.

"We were up against the darkness for one and didn't have enough light," said Knoxville Fire Department Rescue Squad Captain Cecil Risden. "It's a long way down there. It was a rough treacherous ravine where it had jagged edges and it was really hard to get to him."

Authorities say they then loaded the victim into a boat and took him across the river to land. 

Officials put the victim in an ambulance and transported him to UT Medical Center for his injuries.

They say this is a reminder to anyone that visits these areas to use extreme caution, especially at night.

"If you go camping at night make sure you have a lot of light and know your surroundings," said Risden."

 

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