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MSP rescue fallen hiker near Harpers Ferry

Maryland State Police (MSP) report the rescue of a fallen hiker near Harpers Ferry West Virginia.

On Dec. 27 around 4 p.m. a winter hiker had to be rescued after a fall near the Maryland Heights Overlook trail.

The Potomac Valley Fire Company enlisted the aid of the MSP Aviation Command to hoist the injured hiker who suffered a leg injury after her fall in a remote area of the trail.

A rescue technician via hoist landed at the side of the mountain and was able to package up the patient with the assistance of fire department personnel.

The crew was able to hoist the patient approximately 100 feet up to the Aviation Command helicopter.

The patient was loaded in and flown to the medical center for treatment.

Winter hikers are once again reminded to be prepared for just such emergencies with knowledge of conditions before they go.

Always pack provisions like warm clothing, snack food and water just in case of an emergency.

Several rescues have already had to be made in this early winter hiking season.

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