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December 28, 2013

Woman rescued after losing way in state park

Deputies locate, medevac plucks hiker from Garrett forest

OAKLAND — Maryland State Police’s Trooper 5 medevac helicopter played a key role in rescuing a woman and her dogs who became lost hiking in Swallow Falls State Park on Friday, according to the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office responded to the woman’s distress call at 2 p.m., and located her after a foot search through the forest that lasted several hours, police said.

The woman was exhausted, disoriented and in need of medical attention, police said.

A deputy attempted to lead her out of the forest on foot, but because of the terrain and her condition that attempt was unsuccessful.

The area’s rugged terrain prevented the helicopter from landing, so a hoist-and-rescue operation was launched to retrieve the hiker.

A basket was lowered so the deputy could help the woman get into the basket and be lifted to the helicopter.

The victim was taken to Garrett Memorial Hospital where she was treated for minor injuries and released.

The deputy led the woman’s dogs, one of which had to be carried, to safety. The hiker, whose name was not released, and animals were reunited about 9 p.m., police said.

The Southern Garrett Rescue Squad, Oakland Volunteer Fire Department and Natural Resources Police also assisted.

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