UPDATE: A swim in South Chickamauga Creek turned into a rescue for one group of friends early Tuesday morning.
Ringgold resident Lindsay Teems, 25, began complaining of chest pains and difficulty breathing. Her boyfriend stayed with her and called for help. Rescuers showed up to their location near Roach Hollow Road in Catoosa County just after 1 a.m. It took them several hours to get Teems out safely.
"Brought in some extra manpower, rope rescue equipment," said Catoosa County Fire Batallion Chief Steven Quinn. "It was about a 350 foot embankment and nearly vertical. A lot of trees in the way, some pretty steep rocks, a rough terrain basically."
Battalion Chief Steve Quinn said they responded to a call of a swimmer in a creek who couldn't get out on her own and had trouble breathing. They first made contact with the patient at 2:46 a.m. It took crews almost three hours to bring the woman to the top of the embankment of South Chickamauga Creek.
Teems and her boyfriend were about 1.5 miles away and down a trail from the command post.
"Once they made contact with her, she was able to assist by walking out, up the rope, which is essentially a pulley system and makes it easier to come up the embankment," Quinn said.
The couple was brought back to the command post just before 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Quinn said they were safe and had no injuries.
A friend of the couple actually called police after discovering their car parked off Roach Hollow Road had its tires stolen. When deputies arrived to investigate, the friend informed authorities that Teems and the boyfriend were still by the creek and needed help getting out.
The sheriff's office had help from Catoosa County Fire Dept, Ft. Oglethorpe Fire Dept. and Angel Rescue. Georgia State Patrol also had a helicopter in the skies to provide light.
Quinn advised anyone hiking in the late afternoon to know their limits and be out of the woods by dark.
Wednesday, September 20 2017 11:07 PM EDT2017-09-21 03:07:26 GMT
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