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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 16:50

Rescue teams save a life in Linville Gorge

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A long list of rescue teams came together last weekend to rescue a 59-year-old man who encountered heart problems while camping in Linville Gorge.

The man had been winter camping with a group along the Pinch-In Trail, near the river at the bottom of the gorge. When he started experiencing chest pains, campers called 911. Local rescuers and two mountain rescue teams responded to assist. The teams hiked in to administer first aid and advanced life support, then calling for a helicopter evacuation from the N.C. Helo-Aquatic Rescue Team.

An N.C. National Guard UH-60 aircrew and three rescue technicians from the Charlotte Fire Department lifted off from Salisbury and arrived around 4:30 a.m., hoisting the man and the paramedics treating him to safety. The man was then delivered to an EMS vehicle and transported to a local hospital.

“We are grateful to all the rescuers who train extensively and were there to help in these cold and icy conditions,” said Governor Roy Cooper.

Responders from Burke County Rescue, McDowell Rescue, the Parkway Fire and Rescue Department and from the Parkway Fire and Linville Central Mountain Rescue Teams assisted in the rescue effort.

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