- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A man has been rescued after authorities say he fell several feet from a cliff on Signal Mountain.

Hamilton County Emergency Services spokeswoman Amy Maxwell tells media outlets that the 18-year-old man was hiking with friends on Sunday when he slipped and fell about 40 feet near Rainbow Falls.

Rescue teams consisting of more than 50 people helped retrieve the man after more than four hours. Maxwell says rescuers had difficulty getting to the man due to loose rocks and trees in the area.

“This side of the mountain is very, very steep. Very rocky,” Maxwell said.

William Maxwell with the Signal Mountain Fire Department said rescuers had to clear a path and construct rope pulleys to get the man out.

“We had to chainsaw some trees out of the way. Make a trail in some places. There was a lot of loose rock that had to be cleared out of the way before the patient could be brought up,” he said.

Amy Maxwell says the man was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries. Authorities have not released his identity.

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