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By: Robin Ford Wallace, Reporter


Cloudland Canyon State Park rangers as well as Dade County emergency workers and volunteers responded on Sunday afternoon when a park guest ran into problems while hiking near the top of the canyon.

Ranger Bobby Wilson, manager of Cloudland Canyon, said on Monday he had not yet received follow-up briefs and could not name the victim, but that the man had appeared to be around 65 years and had summoned help when he began experiencing difficulty in breathing. Dade Fire and Rescue and the New Salem volunteer fire department were among those who answered the emergency call, and rescuers brought the victim to the park’s bottom entrance at Cloudland Canyon Estates on an all-terrain vehicle via the Sitton’s Gulch trail.

Wilson said the man appeared to have stabilized during the rescue, which took around two hours from start to finish, winding up around 5 p.m.  He was transported to Erlanger Medical Center in a Puckett EMS ambulance.   


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