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WHITLEY COUNTY, Ky. – A woman who dropped her cellphone while taking pictures near Cumberland Falls fell into the river while attempting to retrieve her device and survived a 68-foot drop over the falls, authorities said.

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Rescue crews found the 36-year-old woman swimming toward a large rock downstream from the falls at Cumberland Falls State Park, WKYT-TV reported. The woman was examined by medical officials at the scene and did not need to go to a hospital, according to the television station.

The woman told first responders she was upstream taking photographs Wednesday afternoon when she dropped her phone in the river, WKYT reported.

“I guess she had dropped her phone in the water, she went to reach over to get it,” Whitley County firefighter Lucas Ball told the Times-Tribune of Corbin. “Whenever she did it, she fell into the water and it took her over in the falls.

“We’re just grateful that she’s alive,” Ball told the newspaper. “That’s a miracle. She had God looking over her.”

Cumberland Falls is in southeastern Kentucky, spanning the Cumberland River at the border of McCreary and Whitley counties, WKYT reported. The falls are 68 feet high and 125 feet wide, and depths at its base are up to 400 feet, according to the television station.

“We all want to get really close to something so beautiful, but I can see how easy it would be to misjudge how close you are to something like that,” Cumberland Falls visitor Tonya Scherf told the television station.

“I’ve been down to the falls many times, and it’s not every day you see someone fall from the falls and make it out alive with barely a scratch,” Ball told the Times-Tribune.