A climber fell about 150 to 200 feet down Table Rock mountain Saturday. Rescuers were able to reach the injured climber in the eastern rim of Linville Gorge using a Blackhawk helicopter.
Rescuers believe the man hit and rolled down the side of mountain, in the Pisgah National Forest before losing consciousness. His name was not immediately available.
High winds made the rescue in the Blue Ridge Mountains more challenging. If the helicopter had not reached the man, crews would have had to carry the man out. That might have taken hours, with perhaps a dozen people hiking through the steep terrain.
Rescuers said the man had serious leg injuries but was conscious when they got to him, according to WBTV, the Observer’s news partner. From the Blackhawk, he was transferred to a second helicopter and then flown to a hospital in Asheville.
The rescuers are from the North Carolina Helicopter and Aquatic Rescue Team, based at the Rowan County Airport. The NC HART team combines N.C. National Guard and N.C. State Highway Patrol helicopters with local rescue technicians to conduct helicopter-based rescues.