Fallen man rescued in Pocket Wilderness

MOWBRAY MOUNTAIN, Tenn. (WDEF) – Around 3 pm, a 911 call was reported of a high fall at the Pocket Wilderness Trail on Mowbray Mountain.

Mowbray VFD responded and immediately requested a mutual aid response for additional manpower for rescue efforts. Hamilton County Office of EMA, Dallas Bay VFD, Sequoyah VFD, and Walden’s Ridge Emergency Services Rope Team.

According to fire officials, 2 hikers were walking along the Cumberland Trail when one of the hikers had slipped and fallen 20 feet landing on the ground in a sitting position. The uninjured hiker called 911 and ran back to the entrance of Pocket Wilderness to meet rescue personnel and pinpoint the injured hiker’s location.

Hamilton County Office of EMA requested Tennessee Emergency Management Agency to assist in obtaining a helicopter from Tennesse Highway Patrol (THP). The helicopter was requested to put eyes in the sky and find the patient quicker than crews would on foot.

At 5:07 pm, THP reported to Command Post personnel they had spotted the injured patient.

Around 45 minutes later, THP personnel were packaging the patient and would be hoisting the patient up on a rope system, fly him and land at Montlake Golf Course fairway where Hamilton County EMS would transport the injured hiker to Erlanger Medical Center.

At 6:00 pm, fire officials reported the patient had landed at Montlake Golf Course and was moved to the ambulance.

The injured patient was a 18 year old male from Chattanooga.

*Photo from Amy Maxwell

MOWBRAY MOUNTAIN, Tenn. (WDEF) – A search and rescue has been underway this afternoon in Hamilton County.

Hamilton County Emergency Management officials say that an 18 year old man fell twenty feet down off a trail in the Pocket Wilderness area.

Officials state that the man has a lower back injury.

He was rescued by a THP helicopter. The helicopter is expected to land on the Montlake Golf Course.

MOWBRAY MOUNTAIN, Tenn. (WDEF) – Hamilton County Emergency Services crews are trying to rescue a person from the Pocket Wilderness at Mowbray Mountain.

Amy Maxwell says the male was at the swimming hole, was jumping in, and fell.

Maxwell says it is about a 2 and a half hour hike for rescue crews to get to him.

Stay with News 12 for updates to this story.

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