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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