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UPDATE 8:10 am:

(WBIR) The Knoxville Fire Department rescued a man who fell a long distance off a south Knoxville cliff early Thursday morning.

According to KFD Spokesman DJ Corcoran, the man and his friend had come to a lookout area near Cherokee Bluff overlooking the Tennessee River after finishing work at a west Knoxville restaurant.

As the men were standing there, one of them turned around momentarily. When he turned back around, the other man was gone.

The friend called E-911. Corcoran said the man from Florida had fallen 150-200 yards down the cliff. He then rolled and ended up near the bank of the Tennessee River.

Rescue crews made contact with the man around 5 a.m. They had to scale another embankment to reach him.

"Being dark was probably our main obstacle," said Corcoran. "Being able to see, we have flashlights and all. They had ropes there that they had began to tie off at the top to see if he had gotten hung in between there."

A Knoxville Fire Department launched a boat to transport the victim across the water to UT Medical Center for treatment. Corcoran said the man has serious injuries including broken bones.

Stay with wbir.com and 10News for more information on this developing story.

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The Knoxville Fire Department was called to rescue a man near Cherokee Bluff early Thursday morning according to a spokesperson.

Dispatchers say the call for help was made around 4:20 a.m.

The KFD spokesperson did not know at the time of this posting what the man was doing in the wooded area.

Crews had made contact with the man and were planning to bring him to safety by boat at the time of this posting.

10News has a crew on scene.

Stay with 10News and wbir.com for more information as this story develops.

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