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FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2006

Michigan teen in hospital after DeSoto Falls jump

MENTONE (AP) — A Michigan teen remained in critical condition Thursday after he and a friend jumped from an 80-foot cliff into waters at DeSoto Falls and had to be pulled up the cliff side in a basket lift.

District Park Superintendent Talmadge Butler said Conrad Chura, 15, whose hometown was not immediately available, was taken to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga after Tuesday's jump.

Hudson Deweese, 17, of Livingston, Mich., jumped first. Butler said witnesses reported that Deweese was able to swim after the jump, but Chura remained underwater for about 10 seconds.

The Fischer Rescue Squad in Fort Payne removed the boys from the bottom of the falls by rigging lines and lifting them in a basket. It wasn't known if Deweese was seriously hurt.

Butler said the pool of water at the bottom can be about 30 feet deep depending on the time of year. He said a couple of people are injured each year from jumping off the cliffs, which are more than 100 feet high in some places, and one died from a jump about six years ago.

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