(Helen)-White County Public Safety has released information on an incident that occurred in the northern part of the county on Sunday. In an email statement, Public Safety Director David Murphy said, Fire and Emergency Medical Service responded to Ravan Cliffs on Sunday at approximately 12:30 PM to a reported venomous snake bite.
Due to the location of this event, a Georgia State Patrol helicopter was requested to assist. Murphy said in these rescue situations, long-line rescue procedures are used to shorten the extraction time for the patient’s wellbeing and the limited availability of ground teams.
According to Director Murphy while a team was entering the trail to make contact with this patient a hiker reported a second person had suffered an ankle injury. A second medical unit was requested to respond to that patient.
Teams made contact with the first patient and was hiked out by EMS to an awaiting ambulance.
The aviation unit was used to extract the second victim to an awaiting ambulance. Both patients were transported to local hospitals and were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
All units cleared the location at approximately 4:30 PM.