(Helen)- A injured male hiker had to be rescued from the top of Tray Mountain Monday. White County Public Safety Spokeswoman Ana Newberry advised the 9-1-1 dispatch center received the call at 10 :30 AM. According to information received the patient, who suffered a fractured ankle, was 1 ½ miles east of the Tray Mountain Shelter.
Personnel from White County Fire, White County EMS, Helen Fire, Department of Natural Resources, Habersham Fire, and Towns Fire responded to the call due to the location. Newberry said, Helen Fire and White County EMS made access to the patient by foot around 12:18pm.
A Department of Natural Resources helicopter was requested to assist. DNR rangers stood by at the top of the mountain for a long line rescue and another DNR ranger at Unicoi State Park at the landing zone, White County Fire also had personnel at the LZ.
According to Newberry, due to weather conditions, which included dangerous thunderstorms that popped up during the afternoon, the patient was flown in a rescue basket to Unicoi State Park where White County Emergency Medical Service personnel accepted the patient and transported him to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
Approximately 27 public safety personnel responded to the call, which ended at 4:14 PM.