Injured 19-year-old hiker rescued at Pocket Wilderness in Soddy-Daisy area

A hiker was rescued Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, by a large mutual aid response after he was injured in a fall at the Pocket Wilderness Cumberland Trail at the foot of Mowbray Mountain in the Soddy-Daisy area. / Photo taken by Captain Jake Weddington, Mowbray VFD
A hiker was rescued Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, by a large mutual aid response after he was injured in a fall at the Pocket Wilderness Cumberland Trail at the foot of Mowbray Mountain in the Soddy-Daisy area. / Photo taken by Captain Jake Weddington, Mowbray VFD

A hiker was rescued late Tuesday afternoon by a large mutual aid response after he was injured in a fall at the Pocket Wilderness Cumberland Trail at the foot of Mowbray Mountain in the Soddy-Daisy area, according to a news release from Amy E. Maxwell of the Hamilton County Office of Emergency Management.

According to Chief Chris Weddington of the Mowbray Volunteer Fire Department, a 911 call was received about 4:30 p.m. reporting a 19-year-old male hiker had fallen and suffered an ankle injury.

Since the hiker could not walk, 53 first responders had to carry him through the rugged terrain out of the woods for approximately 7 miles. Hamilton County Emergency Medical Service took the patient to a local area hospital. This rescue effort took three hours and 20 minutes.

Chief Weddington expressed thanks to all the responding agencies who assisted with the rescue efforts including Dallas Bay VFD, Soddy Daisy FD, Sequoyah VFD, Sale Creek BFD, Chattanooga FD, Signal Mountain FD and Walden's Ridge Emergency Services.

- Compiled by Jody Park

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