Second hiker rescued Saturday after falling down steep embankment in Bedford County

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

(Image courtesy of Bedford County Special Operations Command – SOC’s Facebook page).

BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Bedford County Special Operations Team helped to rescue a hiker who had fallen down a 200-foot embankment Saturday.

Crews said they used several boats to move the rescue team up the river to reduce walking time; however, they still had to hike several miles once they got on the trail to carry equipment needed in the rescue.

According to officials on-scene, the hiker sustained an injury and needed to be rescued by use of a rope system. The Virginia Division III Technical Rescue Team says the hiker was at least 250 feet down a portion of the mountain covered in snow and ice.

Crews also used Med Flight 1 from Richmond to rescue the victim off the mountain.

Multiple departments from Glasgow, Big Island, Lynchburg, Boonsboro, Forest, and Virginia State Police were among those on-scene during the rescue.

The rescue operation started around 10 a.m. and wrapped up around 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, taking approximately nine hours from start-to-finish.

Bedford County Public Schools helped rescuers by providing a bus that acted as a warming center.

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