WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — White County responded to a medical call assist at Raven Cliffs Trailhead on Sunday, Sept. 27th. At approximately 11:30 a.m. 911 received a call for a female patient suffering nausea and lethargy at the end of the trailhead at the falls.
At 12:43 p.m. the first team made contact with the patient at the top of the falls and began assessment. The patient was located at the top of the falls in a difficult location to access and the patient’s condition was going to provide rescuers with significant challenges.
Due to weather conditions it was unsure if aircraft could be used to assist in removing the patient from the top of the falls.
Mutual aid was requested from Lee Arrendale Fire Brigade with 6 personnel, Towns County Fire with four personnel, Union County Fire with four personnel and Habersham County with one person. Helen Fire, White County CERT, White County Stations 3 & 7 along with EMS responded to the scene.
Luckily, after a period of time, weather cleared and Georgia State Patrol aviation was able to lift the patient from the falls to an awaiting ambulance.
The patient was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for treatment. At 6:02 p.m., all responder teams were out of the woods, off the trail and accounted for.
In, all approximately 30 personnel were used to assist this patient off the trailhead.
It is extremely important to know the area in which you plan to hike and be prepared for any emergencies that could occur. In wilderness areas, there is danger of all types. Be mindful of the rugged terrain and sometimes extreme conditions that may be encountered. These incidents take several personnel, specialized equipment and training, and lengthy man-hours to complete.