Dozens Of Rescuers Help Injured Dayton Woman After Fall In Rugged Area Of Signal Mountain; 2 Firefighters Injured During Rescue

Monday, June 24, 2013

Dozens of rescue personnel were involved Monday night in retrieving a 22-year-old Dayton, Tn., woman who fell on a boulder and injured her leg in a remote area.

Two rescue personnel had to be transported when they were injured during the rescue. Those included a female firefighter with a wrist and knee injury and a male firefighter with an ankle injury.

Two firefighters were treated on the scene for dehydration.

The woman is in stable condition at Erlanger Hospital.

She went hiking Monday afternoon with three Chattanooga women along the Middle Creek Trail located off of Suck Creek Road. Amy Maxwell of Hamilton County EMS said, "Unfortunately, their hike turned tragic when one of the four hikers slipped on a huge boulder and fell a few feet, breaking her right lower extremity."

At 6 p.m., one of the the hikers immediately called 911 reporting the injury. Walden Ridge Emergency Services responded and, after arriving on the scene, requested a mutual aid response for several agencies to respond to Middle Creek Trail. 

WRES personnel made contact with the other three hikers via cell phone and informed them they were 3/4 of the way up the mountain. Rescue personnel attempted to hike up the rocky terrain to the injured woman. The hike was a 45-degree-angle hike and it was requested that other rescue personnel set up a command post at Point Park and hike down to the patient as well. 

Hamilton County EMS personnel hiked in with rescue personnel to treat and stabilize the woman.

As of 9:15 p.m., rescue personnel had hiked the Stokes basket to her. She was stabilized in the Stokes Basket. However, the extrication took four more hours.

They brought the patient up the mountain because it was the quickest route.

Those taking part included the city of Chattanooga Urban Search and Rescue team, city of Dayton Rope and Rescue team, Chattanooga-Hamilton County Cave and Cliff Team, Bradley County Fire and Rescue, Dallas Bay VFD, Signal Mountain Fire Department and Lone Oak VFD.

This was the first time the injured 22-year-old had been on the trail. The other Chattanooga hikers has made this hike several times.




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