GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
Stranded Hiker Rescued From Backcountry
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A 56-year-old North Carolina man was airlifted from the Appalachian Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the afternoon of Friday, November 2nd. He’d become stranded on a remote section of the trail as a result of the snowstorm that blanketed higher elevations of the park early last week. A Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter that had been called in to assist rangers with search and rescue efforts was able to retrieve the hiker from the backcountry and transport him to the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport in Sevierville, Tennessee. From there, he was taken by ambulance to LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville for medical evaluation.
Name: Molly Schroer, Public Affairs Officer