See The Video: Rescue Teams, Good Samaritan Save Woman At High Falls Park

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - An Oklahoma woman is okay after suffering some injuries at High Falls Park near Geraldine.

Authorities say the 42-year-old woman fell over the side of the falls.

Audrey Pattillo of Huntsville was on the beach area watching some friends jump off the edge of the cliff when she saw the woman.

"I see this lady, turned face down toward the rock and it looks like she's in distress," she said.

"I walked over there and asked her if she was okay."

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Pattillo said the woman may have lost consciousness during the fall, but knew she fell from the top of High Falls.

"She had a gash on the back of her head and was complaining about her ankle," she said.

Patillo stayed with the woman to try and keep her calm, and a friend went to call for help.

"Her name's Tracy, she's from Oklahoma," she said.

"She's 42 years old and has seven children, she's a real nice lady, and she just knew that she was blessed to make it through the fall."

The Fischer Rescue Squad responded with their high-angle rope rescue equipment, and the Geraldine Rescue Squad provided additional support.

They also called Alabama State Troopers, who had a rescue helicopter nearby.

The teams used a basket to bring her up from the bottom of the falls, and an ambulance took her to a DeKalb County hospital.

Fischer Rescue Squad lieutenant Tim Williams said his team do at least two or three rescues at High Falls every year.

"It would help if they would use a little bit more safety," Williams said.

"A lot of people get a little crazy when they get around water and cliffs and rocks and they don't exercise safety."

As soon as the rescuers cleared their equipment from the edge of HIgh Falls, teenagers were back to jumping off the 60-foot cliff.

"Kind of makes you a little nervous," Williams said.

"You want to go ahead and leave because you know you'll be working again in a little bit."

 
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