MDSP Helicopter and Local Authorities Rescue Hiker on Appalachian Trail

LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — A 65-year-old hiker on a remote portion of the Appalachian Trail possibly suffered a stroke Friday, and a Maryland State Police helicopter was able to assist local authorities.

Just after noon, Washington County Fire and EMS officials say they were were notified that the hiker was located on a remote portion of the trail and was possibly having a stroke. Officials requested Maryland State Police Aviation Command to respond and assist in locating the hiker.

Upon arrival, the helicopter was able to locate the hiker with assistance from the Washington and Frederick County Emergency Dispatch Centers who maintained telephone contact with the hiker during the search. Once located, Washington County officials requested Maryland State officials to execute an aerial hoist rescue.

Troopers were able to utilize the aircraft’s hoist to lower a rescue basket to the victim’s location.

Washington County personnel arrived at the hiker’s location and assisted the victim on the ground during the rescue. Once the hiker was secured in the rescue basket, the Maryland State helicopter maintained a hover over an opening in the trees and successfully hoisted the victim to the aircraft.

Once the hiker was hoisted safely to the aircraft, the crew transported the victim to Meritus Hospital in Hagerstown, Md. for further assessment and treatment.

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