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fwiw........the park is conducting a rescue for a stranded hiker along the AT this morning.....

i do believe that we (wbir) should have more information on it later on today....

i'm going to be in and outta the building so i wont necessarily hear updates....
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here's the initial release that the park put out---


Rescue Operations Underway for Distressed AT Hiker - At 3:37 pm on Thursday, November 1, Great Smoky Mountains National Park Dispatch received a 911 call through the Cherokee PD of a single male hiker in distress in a remote section of the Appalachian Trail somewhere between the Pecks Corner and Tricorner Knob Shelters. The call came directly from the hiker via cell phone.

Late Thursday the park dispatched two rangers by foot to the approximate location of the hiker to determine his exact location, assess his condition, and stabilize as needed. After a nine hour hike in steep terrain, high winds, and four to five foot snow drifts, the rangers have temporarily taken shelter in a cabin on the Appalachian Trail for a rest period. The rangers are an estimated four miles from the individual. The park is currently evaluating the possibilities of an air operation with the Tennessee Highway Patrol sometime today.

Early Friday morning Cherokee PD received another short telephone call from the hiker. He has reported that he has made it through the night by hunkering down at his location. The park is unaware of what type of shelter he has been using. He is also reporting he may not be able to walk out, but the park is unable to access his full condition based on the broken phone calls.
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Wow.  Sounds like some severe frostbite got him.
Probably the worst place to run into trouble as well.
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yeah........not the most accessible stretch of trail for a rescue.....


i just read a release from the park saying that a helicopter went up at 2 pm to try to locate him and hoist him out....
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I heard the news breaking in Atl via am 750. I hope they pluck him out with no problems. God speed.
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they got him...

and we (wbir) have video of him coming off copter and into ambulance.......check tv and/or website later....



here's the latest....

Stranded Hiker Rescued from Backcountry

Steven Ainsworth, 56, of Washington, NorthCarolina was successfully airlifted from the Appalachian Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park this afternoon. Ainsworth had become stranded on a remote section of the trail as a result of the snow storm that blanketed higher elevations of the park earlier this week.

At 2:54 pm, a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter that had been called in to assist rangers with search and rescue efforts was able to retrieve Ainsworth from the Park’s backcountry and transport him to the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport in Sevierville, Tennessee. From there, he was taken by ambulance to LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville for medical evaluation.
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