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Maryland State Police News Release

State Police Helicopter Hoists Injured Hiker In Frederick Co.

(Frederick County, MD)—A Maryland State Police helicopter crew rescued an injured hiker today who had fallen down into a crevasse next to Chimney Rock, a rugged and remote area located in Catoctin Mountain National Park next to Thurmont, Maryland.  The hiker had sustained traumatic injuries after falling into the crevasse.

Maryland State Police helicopter Trooper 3, based in Frederick MD, was dispatched to the remote park on Saturday afternoon and arrived shortly after 4:00 pm.  Pilots maneuvered the AW-139 helicopter into position 100 feet above a small rock outcropping at an elevation of 1700ft MSL and a crew member was lowered to the scene to coordinate and direct ground units.

The patient was packaged and stabilized with the assistance of emergency personnel who had hiked well over two miles in the rugged terrain to gain access to the patient.  Due to the severity of injuries and remote location, an aerial extraction was required.  The crew member accompanied the injured hiker during the hoist evolution.  The patient was subsequently transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore while receiving advanced medical care from the crew of Trooper 3.

The successful outcome of this challenging mission is an example of the multi-mission capability of the Maryland State Police Aviation Command.  A fleet of 10 AW-139 helicopters based out of seven sections across the state provide round-the-clock care to Marylanders.

The flight crew was assisted by the National Park Service, Frederick County Fire Department, and the Frederick County Advanced Technical Rescue Team.

CONTACT: F/Sgt. Jeff Leppert

Maryland State Police

Frederick Aviation Section

(301) 663-5742