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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
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Injured Hiker Rescued From Top Of Yonah Mountain


(Cleveland)– Rescue personnel battled the excessive heat Tuesday to rescue an injured female hiker from the top of  Yonah Mountain in White County.  

Public Safety Director David Murphy advised that county firefighters and emergency medical service were dispatched around 3 PM to the  report of an injured hiker.   

Later they called on the assistance of Lee Arrendale Correctional Institute Fire Brigade (L.A.C.I.) to help in  extricating the injured hiker.  In addition White County  C.E.R.T.  personnel were called  to assist with rehab.  

Murphy said the  initial team of firefighters and EMS hiked approximately ½ mile from the Ranger Station at  Mount Yonah to the top rock face to find the hiker with an obvious injury to the lower leg. 

According to Murphy rescuers placed the injured hiker onto the Stokes Basket and hiked back down the mountain to an awaiting med unit.

Once she was evaluated by EMS, Murphy said the hiker refused transport to the hospital.  There were no other injuries. The operation lasted about 2 ½ hours.



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