Snakebite victim, lost hikers – all in a night’s work for one rescue crew


WOLFE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – It was a busy night for the Wolfe County Search and Rescue Team, as the crew responded to three separate rescues.

The team says the “hat trick” started around 9:30 p.m., when they got a call from a family member of two hikers who were reportedly lost somewhere in the Red River Gorge.

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They were able to locate the two hikers after using coordinates from the cell phone of one of the hikers. Members of the team were able to lead the hikers out of the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail, where they were found.

The second rescue took place around 10:30 p.m. when they got a call about a someone suffering from a venomous snake bite near Chimney Top Rock. The patient, believed to have been bitten by a copperhead, was located with a group of people at a campsite. The victim was taken to a hospital in Jackson before being transferred to the University of Kentucky hospital.

The team says that incident lead to the last call. They say two people from the same group left the campsite to return to their car, took a shortcut and got lost.

The pair was eventually located along the trailhead.