Graduate Student Rescued From Cameron Park Cliff

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WACO (August 8, 2014) Waco firefighters rescued a graduate student who ended up stuck in a tree after falling from a cliff late Friday morning at Lover’s Leap in Cameron Park.

(Photo by Kyle Muscarello)

The 31-year-old man, whose name wasn’t immediately available, was carried in a litter to a waiting fire department boat and then was taken to the boat ramp at McLennan Community College to be transferred to an ambulance.

He did not appear to be seriously injured, authorities said.

Police and firefighters fanned out in search of the man after reports came in at around 11:30 a.m. Friday that someone had fallen and was calling for help.

The man was found tangled in a tree about three-quarters of the way up a cliff.

Firefighters spent about 40 minutes freeing him from the tree, which was about 40 feet up the cliff from the trailer along the Bosque River.

The man said he had been sitting at the top of the cliff reading and listening to music and slipped as he got up to leave, authorities said.

He fell 70 to 75 feet, authorities said.

The man said he was scheduled to leave Saturday to Alaska to teach, but a firefighter said it appeared "that would have to wait."

Two people who were fishing in a boat nearby heard the man fall and his screams for help, authorities said.

They called 911 and then climbed up the cliff to check on the victim, authorities said.

(Photo by Laura Partain)