Two men have been charged with trespassing after they purposefully went over Cumberland Falls in kayaks Saturday, according to the state Department of Parks.
A ranger cited Dane Jackson and Nicholas Troutman after they came off the river below the falls, said Gil Lawson, a spokesman for the park system.
The charge is a misdemeanor.
The two weren’t available for comment Monday, but they posted video and comments on their Facebook pages.
“Pretty stoked to have sent Cumberland Falls!” Jackson said. “Bummed that it ended in getting charged with trespassing, but it’s still an epic waterfall and one of my new favorites!”
Troutman said, “I hit the line exactly how I had planned and couldn’t of been happier. We did end up getting a fine from the park ranger, though he was good-mannered about the situation. Fired up for another great line.”
Lawson did not have information on where the two were from or their ages. Their pages listed an affiliation with a kayak business in Tennessee.
Both said on Facebook that they are champion kayakers.
Lawson said the two went over the falls in separate kayaks about 6 p.m. Saturday.
The Parks Department strongly discourages anyone from attempting to go over the falls because of the danger of death or injury, Lawson said.
“They’re putting themselves at great risk,” he said.
Such an attempt also could endanger authorities called to help in an emergency or a search for a body, Lawson said.
Several people have died after going over the falls accidentally.
Jackson acknowledged the potential danger in his Facebook post.
“And remember folks, we had safety set; this is what we do,” he said.