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Foster Falls

A young man and a woman who jumped more than 60 feet off a cliff into a pool of water below Foster Falls on Thursday are being treated for injuries they sustained on impact.

Both were rescued by the South Cumberland State Park rangers and other emergency crews early Thursday afternoon and were taken by ambulance to a local hospital. Their injuries were not life-threatening.

Steve Lamb, Marion County EMA director, said the pair, whose names were not released, jumped despite heavy signage at the site that discourages anyone from attempting to jump.

"Sometimes kids are kids," he said, though he discourages anyone from attempting to jump from such a height and asks all citizens to pay attention to posted warnings.

"We just hope they make a full recovery."

Lamb said approximately 20 rescuers were on scene and the entire recovery operation was carried out in under two hours despite difficult terrain.

The Foster Falls Fire Department, Jasper Fire Department, Marion County EMA, Marion County Rescue and Coalmont Rescue services were involved.

Contact staff writer Emmett Gienapp at egienapp@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6731.

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