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.