A hiker was rescued by helicopter after being injured by a fall near Table Rock State Park in South Carolina, officials say.
According to Live 5 News, the man — whose identity has not been released — called 911 around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to report his accident and minor injuries. However, his cell phone battery died while he was talking with dispatchers.
Pickens County Emergency Management Director Pierce Womack told the outlet they located the man around 5:30 a.m. Thursday by working with the hiker’s cell phone provider to get his GPS coordinates. However, he was in a treacherous and nearly impassable area after falling 100 feet onto a ledge 1,000 feet high, according to WYFF4.
“We’ve been able to get some of our rescuers on a ledge that’s nearby to him,” he said. “It’s a very safe ledge that they felt comfortable getting on, and they’re able to talk across to him. It’s about 60 or 70 feet, but they’re able to talk to each other through some bushes and trees and kind of get the information as to the ledge he’s on, how big it is and the condition that he’s in.”
Womack said the victim’s injuries were minor, although he was very cold.
Rescue crews told Live 5 News that a Blackhawk helicopter was brought to the scene and rescued the man around 9 a.m. According to WYFF4, the man was picked up in an ambulance to be examined.
Womack said the hiker was found in an hazardous area that had been affected by fallen trees due to last year’s Pinnacle Mountain fire. He advised that the park is only partially open due to the wildfire.