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Lost hiker rescued in Barbour

Submitted photo Emergency responders take part in a rescue effort in Barbour County Friday.

BELINGTON — A lost hiker was rescued in Barbour County on Friday afternoon thanks to the efforts of area emergency personnel.

A call was received by Barbour 911 at 2:40 p.m. of a person down in the woods off Trinity Road, which is a secondary road off Talbott Road, according to information provided by Belington Volunteer Fire Department Chief Phil Hart.

The individual advised the dispatcher he was hiking and became separated from the other hiker and was lost in the woods.

The Barbour Communications Center was able to pin-point the exact location the individual was located, which was in a steep, wooded area. That information, with the aerial view of the wooded terrain, was then texted to the incident command.

A ground search was immediately coordinated in the area provided and the individual was quickly located. The individual, who had underlying medical issues, was also suffering from a heat-related illness.

The patient, who was treated in the woods by EMS responders, had to be hauled up out of the terrain he was in, a distance of approximately 150 feet.

Using ropes and a haul system, the individual was removed from the woods in approximately one hour. He was transported to Davis Medical Center by the Barbour County EMS, officials said. His condition was not available at presstime.

The second hiker was located shortly afterward in a vehicle along the Talbott Road in a vehicle.

Units responding included fire departments from Belington, Junior, Philippi, Coalton and Elkins, along with the Belington and Barbour County emergency squads, the West Virginia State Police, Barbour County Sheriff’s Department, Belington Police Department and Barbour OEM.

“It was a great job by the dispatchers,” Hart said. “If not for the information provided, the outcome could have been totally different.”

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