Hiker falls 30 feet at Shenandoah National Park

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

Rockingham County Fire and Rescue (RCFR) report the rescue of a hiker who had fallen in the Shenandoah National Park.

The hiker was discovered unconscious by Park Rangers after he had fallen approximately 30 feet from the backside of his campsite near Loft Mountain.

Rangers called RCFR to assist in the rescue effort Fri. morning Aug. 5.

National Park personnel then worked with the RCFR’s Tactical Rescue Team to reach the person and treat him for immediate injuries.

The person was pulled from the site after he was stabilized and airlifted to the UVA for trauma care. 

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Two buildings damaged by fire on Skyline Drive

Six Units and 21 firefighters battled high winds and below freezing temperatures Apr. 18 fighting a fire at Big Meadows on the Skyline Drive.

No injuries were reported but approximately $500,000 in damage was done to the Blackrock Lodge and a maintenance building along with several vehicles.

In addition a Page County EMS unit crashed in route according to the Page Valley News the crash remains under investigation.

Because of the terrain it took responders 22 minutes to reach the fire to find the buildings fully involved. 

Low water pressure at the scene hampered fire suppression efforts as well.

National Park Officials labeled the lodge and maintenance building historic.

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Search for 18 year old continues in SNP

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More than 15 search teams with five dog teams and a helicopter are actively searching for 18 year old Ty Sauer.

The young man was last seen at mile marker 35 on the Skyline Drive Thursday Apr. 22.

He was wearing grey and black Nike shorts and calf high white socks and yellow hospital booties.

Anyone who has any information is asked to call 1-800-732-0911.

The National Park appreciates the offers of assistance in the search but the operation is fully staffed with trained search and rescue personnel.

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