Rescue workers have been warning people not to go out to Insurance Bluff, saying not only are they putting their lives at risk but rescuers' lives as well, and Monday morning was a perfect example why.
A man called 911 just before 5 a.m. saying he'd fallen more than 100 feet down the bluff. He was hanging on the cliff for about three hours Monday morning as crews tried to pull him out.
Air 4 was there as rescuers rappelled down to get to him, but it was dark and the terrain was rocky, making it harder to not only find him but to get their equipment down to pull him up.
Lt. Jason Frakes with the Lawrenceburg Fire Department says the 22-year-old was awake and talking. He says the man was extremely lucky.
"He was going from one rock to another, which was only about 6 feet down to the next drop. But he lost his footing and once you lose footing it's 35, 40-plus and just so happens, he wedged in between two trees and an old mattress frame," Frakes said.
Dozens of rescuers from eight different agencies responded to the scene.
"It's one of those dangerous situations where you never have enough equipment and you never have enough people for," said Tyler McDow, assistant director of Lawrence County Fire and Rescue.
McDow warns thrill seekers to stay off the bluffs.
"We had all that personnel there. That puts that many people on the road and in danger and on the scene. And we're putting the people in the same spot that they were trapped in. So it's a very dangerous situation," McDow said.
One of the firefighters was injured during the rescue when a rock fell off the cliff and hit him in the leg. He was taken to a nearby hospital to be looked at.
There is no word on the condition of the man who fell. He was taken via medical helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in serious condition.
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