SILVERTON, OR (KPTV) - Emergency crews responded to an injured 19-year-old at Silver Falls State Park on Monday. 

The man apparently jumped from the top of South Falls at around 12:15 p.m., according to Oregon State Police.

He was pulled from the pool at the bottom by witnesses and treated by medical personnel who responded to the scene.

Police said the jumper was conscious and alert, but could not answer direct questions. 

Crews worked to transport him out of the canyon. Once he was safely out, he was taken by Life Flight to the hospital for further treatment. An update on his condition was not available Monday evening. 

Witnesses told investigators the man appeared to have voluntarily jumped from the top of the waterfall. One witness provided video of the jump to investigators, who said it corroborated the jump being voluntary in nature. 

The boy's father told Oregon State Police that he had been a cliff jumper in Hawaii and he believed that was his son's motivation for the jump. 

Silver Falls State Park

Silver Falls State Park (KPTV/Air 12)

The father told investigators that there was nothing unusual in his son's behavior that would have indicated that his son intended to harm himself. 

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department reported that one of the parking areas and the trail loop around the falls were closed for the emergency response, but were set to reopen by 3 p.m. 

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What a stupid man. He should be paying for all the cost of his rescue plus some. At times like this we don't need people doing stupid things like this taking away critical medical help and putting others lives in danger just for your own entertainment. Speeding emergency vehicles and helicopters carry a life or death risk every time they respond. So how many people just risked their lives this time for your stupidity plus the cost?

Frederick Fukov

So what you're saying is, at other times..this would be ok..just not now? I guess that would mean that after there's a covid virus vaccine, then that would be a better time for someone to do something like this.

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