A hiker on a Sunday outing with his family at Ozone Falls is recovering today after falling and suffering several possible fractures to his extremities including wrist and elbow, according to rescue workers at the scene.
The incident was reported to emergency workers at 10:53 a.m. The 911 emergency call center was advised that a man had fallen from a large rock about a quarter of a mile downstream from the falls near the second pool in the river, and landed on rocks on the edge in a shallow area of the water.
Identity of the victim and where he lived was not available at press time.
Cumberland County Fire Department, Crossville Fire and Rescue, Cumberland Mountain State Park, Cumberland County Rescue Squad, Cumberland-Crossville Emergency Management Agency and Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to the scene.
Rescuers rigged two "low-angle rope set ups" to assist in the recovery of the victim. A team at the top of the gorge adjusting slack in the ropes while others climbed down the side of the rocky gorge and used teams of rescue basket carriers to extricate the victim.
Emergency medical personnel treated the victim at the bottom of the gorge and prepared him for the trip to a waiting ambulance. LifeStar 2 landed in an open field near Westel Baptist Church and just over two hours from when the fall was reported, the victim was being flown to The University of Tennessee Medical Center for his injuries.
None of the family members who were hiking with the victim, nor rescuers, were injured.