While trails officially opened over Memorial Day weekend, authorities have been busy the past few weeks with several mountain trail assist calls.
According to White County Public Safety Director David Murphy, the latest incident occurred on Sunday, May 24, when authorities responded Yonah Mountain and a report of a female hiker experiencing a medical episode that required rescue services. White County fire and EMS crews arrived around 6 p.m. and used an all-terrain until to get personnel and equipment to the trail. From there, crews were able to walk and make contact with the patient.
Additional personnel with second ATV unit responded and helped get the patient moved on a stretcher from the rock face to the ATV to be taken to the ambulance, Murphy said. The patient was evaluated by EMS and refused transport to the hospital. White County Fire, EMS and Lee Arrendale Fire Brigade, who provided mutual aid, left the scene around 8:15 p.m.
“White County has beautiful terrain, and exciting places to experience the outdoors,” said Murphy. “Those areas do come with some risk, so be prepared with proper clothing, shoes, water and a well charged cell phone. Follow safety guidelines that are posted, and stay on the marked trails."