Injured hiker plucked from gorge

Photo courtesy North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety

January 20, 2010 11:11:57 AM PST
The North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety says it helped rescue an injured hiker from the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area in Burke County.

A picture posted on the department's Facebook page showed a North Carolina Emergency Management Helicopter Aquatic Rescue (NC HART) Team hoisting the man to safety with a N.C. National Guard Blackhawk chopper.

The hiker, Rob Gessner, and his cousin were cut off by rising water, and then Gessner broke his leg.

Rescuers decided it would take hours to carry him to safety, so they called in the chopper team for help.

The NC HART program is a state-coordinated effort that combines the expertise of local rescue technicians with the training, maintenance and capabilities of the N.C. National Guard Blackhawk Unit.

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