Stranded hiker rescued from backcountry in Park

by Nov 5, 2012Front Page, NEWS ka-no-he-da0 comments

Steven Ainsworth, 56, of Washington, NC was successfully airlifted from the Appalachian Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Friday, Nov. 2.   Ainsworth had become stranded on a remote section of the trail as a result of the snow storm that blanketed higher elevations of the park earlier this week.

At 2:54 pm, a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter that had been called in to assist rangers with search and rescue efforts was able to retrieve Ainsworth from the Park’s backcountry and transport him to the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport in Sevierville, Tennessee. From there, he was taken by ambulance to LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville for medical evaluation.