Man suffers head injury after nearly 100 foot fall from cliff in Cheatham Co.

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CHEATHAM COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A teenager drowned in Ashland City on Memorial Day and his body was discovered Tuesday morning. 

While crews were searching for that 18-year-old, not far away, crews were called to a rock bluff where a 21-year-old man had also fallen from a height of about 100 feet.  

Multiple witnesses saw the man tumble and called 911: 

“A guy just fell off the cliff. He is unconscious with a head wound,” said a 911 call from a witness.  

It happened Memorial Day afternoon as many boats had gathered below the cliffs at the Harpeth River in Cheatham County.  

A 21-year-old Brentwood man climbed up a steep rock wall. He got almost to the top and then witnesses say when he was attempting to climb down, he slipped.  

Santiago Cirilo was there watching the man climb the cliff. 

“I would say about 15-feet from the top, he was about 100 feet atop this cliff, and we are like this guy is going to fall he is crazy,” said Cirilo.  

Cirilo, an actor now, and veteran of the 101st Airborne Division shot the video as Ashland City rescue crews arrive after the man’s fall. 

On the video, you hear Cirilo say, “We just witnessed a young man falling all the way down the cliff into the water. He landed on that water like a mannequin going wild. 

Cirilo says a boater nearby dove in and saved the young man’s life. 

“There was a boat nearby. The guy dove in went under water and picked him up by his hair and all you saw was blood all over the place.” 

Ashland City Fire and Rescue crews got the man to the shore where multiple first responders begin assessing his injuries. 

The man is able to talk to crews but does not remember anything about the fall. Within minutes, the victim with the gash over his left eye is rushed to a LifeFlight helicopter and flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center where he is in the trauma unit in stable condition. 

Santiago Cirilo urges anyone on the water to be careful. 

“Enjoy yourself, but don’t overdo it. Because everything is dangerous.”  

According to the sheriff’s report, the man who fell was going to jump but slipped when he changed his mind and started back down. 

The sheriff’s report indicates he had been drinking.  

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