CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – An 18-year-old man was injured after he fell down a cliff in Clarksville Wednesday.
First responders were called to the dead end of Max Court at 5 p.m.
When they arrived, they learned Christian Harrison, a senior at Montgomery Central High School, fell down a 60-foot drop and then slid several more feet before coming to rest near the Cumberland River.
“I remember flipping a couple of times and going unconscious, and I remember waking up and going, ‘This is how I’m going to die,’” said Harrison.
He said he was exploring caves with his brother and a few friends at Queens Bluff, a place he has been several times before, when he stepped in the wrong spot.
“The dirt slid out from underneath me and I slid for a minute then fell 30 to 40 feet just straight down, and then I tumbled backwards and did flips and junk for 60 to 70 feet,” said Harrison.
Clarksville rescue workers pulled the teen to safety and transported him by boat to the Clarksville Marina.
Harrison was then taken by LifeFlight to TriSar Skyline Medical Center. He was breathing and conscious at the time.
“I didn’t get a concussion. I didn’t, which is hard to believe given all these marks on my head. I didn’t get a concussion. I didn’t get anything life changing, that life changing,” said Harrison.
He will have to wear a back brace and use a walker for the next few weeks. He also suffered a fractured back and broken ankle.
Harrison had surgery on his ankle Thursday and another is scheduled for next week.
“The odds were not in my favor in that situation and I honestly find myself so lucky,” he told News 2.
He said he hopes to make it to graduation next week.
“I’m so happy with how things turned out, and I’m graduating high school, and I’m going to college. My life is just getting started and I’m glad I will still get to continue my dreams,” said Harrison.
He will be attending Austin Peay State University in the fall where he will be studying to become an actor.