Volunteer firefighters, emergency medical services and rescue personnel spent nearly 12 hours on Pine Mountain Sunday afternoon into the early morning hours of Monday rescuing a hiker with an injured ankle.
Officials said the female hiker either broke or sprained her ankle and called 9-1-1 around 4 p.m. on Sunday. Crews were dispatched to Bad Branch Falls, but after arriving learned the woman was actually at High Rock, Emergency Management Director Paul Miles said. Bad Branch Falls is about three-fourths of a mile from the parking lot. High Rock is about three miles from the parking lot, on top of Pine Mountain. Both locations can only be reached on foot.
When rescuers reached the woman, she was unable to walk. She was placed in a Stokes basket mounted on a large wheel called a mule, and was rolled back down the trail to a waiting ambulance. The ambulance left for the emergency room at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital about 3:45 a.m.
Neon Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Mayking Volunteer Fire Department, Sandlick Volunteer Fire Department, Gordon Volunteer Fire Department, Jenkins Fire Department and Pine Mountain Search and Rescue responded for the rescue, Miles said.