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UPDATE: Crews rescue stranded climber in Greene County

December 6th, 2013 1:02 pm by Associated Press

UPDATE: Crews rescue stranded climber in Greene County

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rescue crews in East Tennessee have rescued a hiker stranded on a ledge near Margarette Falls.

WATE-TV reports that the man was rescued via helicopter and brought to safety Friday afternoon.

Officials say the climber dressed in shorts and a T-shirt had been trapped on the 25-square-foot ledge since the day before, but that he had been able to build a fire during the night.

Rescue crews from Greene and Washington counties had been unable to reach the hiker overnight, and fog had thwarted earlier efforts to reach him by helicopter.

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GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rescue crews in East Tennessee are trying to rescue a hiker stranded on a ledge near Margarette Falls.

The Greeneville Sun reports Greene and Washington county rescue squads tried to reach the person overnight, but weren't successful.

Bucky Ayers of the Greene County Rescue Squad told the newspaper that it became unsafe for rescuers to climb and it was too windy to get a helicopter to the climber's position.

He said local officials are working with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency to try to bring in a military helicopter to the area on Friday to rescue the person.

The climber was dressed in shorts and a T-shirt, but was able to build a fire during the night, he said.

"That's pretty much all we know," Ayers said.

A second hiker fell from the ledge Thursday and was taken to a local hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

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