UPDATE: The East Ridge man who fell off Suck Creek Mountain in Marion County and died Saturday was supposed to get married Sunday.

Family and friends identified him as 33-year-old Dustin Griffith.

His girlfriend spoke with Channel 3 about the moments before the fall and how she wants him to be remembered.

First responders lined Suck Creek Road as they tried to save a man who fell and hit his head.

Dustin Griffith's girlfriend, Kathy Cook, was there when she says he lost his footing on a rock.

"It was horrible. It was very horrible. It was the worst thing I think I've ever seen in my life,” Cook said.

The area where it happened is popular for swimming. A day that was supposed to be full of fun turned into heartbreak.

Cook remembers a man caring for her boyfriend while rescue crews were on the way.

"He sat with Dustin the whole time and held him in his arms and tried to resuscitate him,” Cook said.

Griffith was taken to the hospital with a severe head injury and later died.

Moments before he slipped and fell, Cook said he told her he was going to marry her the next day.

She hopes by talking about Griffith that he'll be remembered for more than a terrible accident.

"A happy-go-lucky Dustin that he was. That man had nothing negative to say. He was a wonderful person. He wanted to live life to the fullest and he wanted to be a superstar,” Cook said.

She's thankful for the first responders that did all they could and has a warning for anyone who plans to be at the swimming area.

"Please be careful on them rocks. Please do not drink while you're there because this could be a major tragedy for you too,” Cook said.

Funeral arrangements have not been finalized yet.

Rescue crews also helped another man who had a seizure. His condition is unclear.


UPDATE: One man has died after falling off Suck Creek Mountain.

Marion County Sheriff Bo Burnette confirmed the death on Saturday night.

Rescue crews were dispatched to Suck Creek Mountain where one man had fallen. Chief Bob Lewis with Chattanooga-Hamilton County Rescue Service said the man had fallen around 30 feet near the swimming area.

He had a severe head injury and was taken to an area hospital, where he later died

Rescue crews then learned of a second, non-related incident where a man had suffered a seizure. That man was also rescued and taken to a waiting ambulance. His condition is unclear.

Lewis said both males are in their mid-twenties. Their identities have not been released.

Crews from Hamilton County, Chattanooga, Walden's Ridge and Marion County responded.

Stay with Channel 3 for the latest on this developing story.


PREVIOUS STORY: Marion County rescue crews are working to find a man who fell from Suck Creek Mountain.

Sheriff Bo Burnett told Channel 3 that it is believed the man possibly hit his head and is unresponsive.

Hamilton County crews are also responding to help.

Channel 3 will keep you updated as we learn more.