Local man rescued

Article Published: Sep. 5, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 6, 2011
Local man rescued

This scene was taken at the ball field in Blowing Rock just after a rescue in the mountains of N.C.

An Army helicopter landed to off-load the patient from the rescue in the Sampson community and turned him over to local paramedics. The patient was then switched to a Blowing Rock Fire & Rescue Ambulance and transported to Watauga Medical Center.

Rescue was in a rough area near the Watauga and Caldwell County line where the patient broke his ankle sometime yesterday fishing by a creek in the Sampson area and was unable to get help. Rescuers began searching early this morning and found him with a broken ankle and dehydrated. Due to the extreme rough terrain, a Army National Guard helicopter was used to retrieve the patient.

Many fire departments from Caldwell and Watauga Counties were involved in this rescue, as well as Watauga Rescue and N.C. Emergency Management.

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