Rangers respond to injured hiker in Smoky Mountains

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK (SUBMITTED) - Rangers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have responded to an unconscious hiker who collapsed along the Ramsey Cascades Trail.

Mark Lehmahn, 58, of Waynesville, North Carolina, fell about 3.8 miles from the trailhead while hiking to Ramsey Cascades.

Bystanders provided initial rescue breathing until Lehmahn began breathing on his own. Rangers, including paramedics and EMTs, arrived on scene at approximately 3:30 p.m. and prepared Lehmahn to be transported by helicopter by securing him in a rescue litter.

Tennessee Highway Patrol have responded and are conducting the helicopter rescue with assistance from Park Rangers using a hoist from the Ramsey Cascades falls area as weather permits.

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