Lifeforce responds to Lookout Mountain on fallen hiker
Lifeforce responded to the scene of a high fall on Lookout Mountain Sunday afternoon.
Crews were called around 1:30pm to a fallen hiker on Sunset Rock approximately half a mile in the trail.
Hamilton County Emergency Services spokesperson Amy Maxwell says a 30-year-old man fell 50 feet and sustained critical injuries.
A doctor with the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Cave and Cliff team says he suffered severe head, shoulder, and back injuries.
"He climbed half way up a 60, 70 foot cliff and fell half that distance off a ledge that was about 10 feet wide," says Dr. David Wharton, with the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Cave and Cliff team.
Lookout Mountain Fire and Police, Chattanooga-Hamilton County Cave and Cliff team, Hamilton County EMS and Erlanger Lifeforce responded to the scene.
It took rescue crews several hours to get the hiker out.