Officials: Woman rescued after falling 50 feet into Gorge

JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A woman was here hiking at Jessamine Creek Gorge when she fell 50 feet down. Officials were struggling to get to her and that’s when they called in the National Guard.

Emergency Management Director Johnny Adams says around 1:00 p.m. the EMA and Fire Department were called to the Gorge for a rescue.

The 22-year-old woman they were there to help was about 30 to 45 minutes away from the entrance. It’s a place plenty of people go hiking, but Adams thinks the woman slipped and fell near the creek.

“The area where the patient was is a very remote access area. It’s surrounded by high angle cliffs with heavy vegetation. It makes it very impractical to access by any other beings,” Adams said.

It took about four hours to rescue the woman, even with the help from the National Guard. Jessamine County First Responders have been working with Guard Members for five years to prepare for something like this.

“In this situation not anyone was medically trained so we had them on the phone and were actually talking to people that were with her and we were able to give them some first response basically first aid,  bandaging along with bleeding control and treatment for shock,” Adams said.

Firefighters say it can be more dangerous to hike near the creek because it’s slippery and the ground isn’t always stable. The woman was airlifted to UK Hospital with no serious injuries.

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