Rescuers Spend Hours Saving Teens After Jumping From Tennessee State Park Waterfall

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After a teen jumped off a waterfall in a Tennessee state park, it took rescuers hours to save him, according to officials. 

The incident occurred in Fall Creek Falls State Park. According to a news releasePiney Volunteer Fire Department. 

A release states thatFrom the Dunlap Fire Department the teen dived from an 85-foot waterfall into a swimming hole below.

The descent to the base of the waterfall is a steep climb. “very steep and difficult,”According to the Piney Volunteer Department. 

The department was assisted by passers-by to carry the teen across the creek to the Cable Trail and up to the top of the falls. Rescue personnel used rope rescue techniques — including a rigged high line and a basket — to get the teen to safely, the department wrote.

According to the volunteer fire department, they set up a high line and pulled the teen up in a basket for the rest of the climb, according to the Piney department. 

Fire officials stated that the 17-year old suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Van Buren County EMS crews loaded him onto an ambulance around 1:15 p.m.