About 60 rescuers and first responders from across North Carolina and into Tennessee were involved in an extensive rescue effort Oct. 27 that lasted through the night, involving a local bear hunter that had been injured in a fall near a campground in Canton.
At approximately 5 p.m. Tuesday, Haywood County EMS and Lake Logan-Cecil Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to a location off Lake Logan Road above Sunburst Campground after a notice that a local bear hunter, Richard Warren, had been injured in a fall.
Upon arriving, first responders assessed the situation and decided additional technical rescuers and resources were needed. Multiple
The rescue effort lasted all night, with the final rescue teams checking back in at around 7 a.m. Wednesday.
Moving Warren from the initial location where his injury took place up to the portion of the trail where he could be picked up by helicopter and transported to the hospital proved to be a highly technical rescue effort.
Multiple factors went into the decision to call for air support, including patient condition, responder safety, terrain, weather and time of day.
The rescue effort in the dark involved more than 900 feet of rope haul lines and pulleys.
Two responders were injured in the rescue process but were released at the scene after being treated.
The Tennessee National Guard helicopter team provided mutual aid to assist the North Carolina National Guard with the extraction of Warren via a UH60 black-hawk helicopter out of McGee Tyson Air Force Base.
About 60 rescuers and responders from Lake Logan-Cecil Volunteer Fire Department, Cruso Fire and Rescue, Haywood Rescue Squad/SAR, Haywood County Emergency Services, Asheville Fire Department, Buncombe County Rescue Squad, Henderson County Rescue Squad, Jackson County Rescue Squad, Cherokee Fire Department, Transylvania County Rescue Squad, Transylvania County Emergency Management, US Park Service, North Carolina Emergency Management, North Carolina National Guard, Tennessee National Guard, Tennessee Emergency Management, were involved in the extensive rescue effort that lasted all night.