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Man injures ankle hiking in Bankhead

By Ronnie Thomas
rthomas@decaturdaily.com · 340-2438

BANKHEAD NATIONAL FOREST — An ambulance service, two fire departments and a firefighter with horses combined Saturday to rescue a hiker who fell down a hill in the forest and injured his right ankle.

Chris Long with Greg’s Ambulance Service said two men from South Alabama were hiking together when the mishap occurred.

Long said the injured man’s friend called 911 at about 4:30 p.m. and that the ambulance service, along with firefighters from Moulton and Mount Hope, responded.

“We can’t release the men’s names, but the injured hiker is 44,” Long said. “He appears to have broken his ankle.”

Staging area

Long said the accident occurred about two miles from the Thompson’s Creek Bridge, where the rescuers formed a staging area.

“We had to walk about two miles to reach him,” Long said. “We brought him halfway back on a Stokes basket before a firefighter finally reached us with horses. We rode him the last mile to the ambulance.”

Long said they took the man to Lawrence Medical Center, arriving at about 9 p.m.

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