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Hiker rescued from ledge at Raven Cliff Falls

POSTED: April 20, 2017 3:05 p.m.
/For The Times

A man was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville after falling onto a ledge at Raven Cliff Falls in White County.

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Authorities rescued a Barrow County man who slipped and fell onto the last ledge before Raven Cliff Falls’ main drop Wednesday afternoon.

The initial fall was 30 feet, and the hiker slid another 25 feet at an 85-degree angle. His injuries are not life-threatening, authorities said.

The White County Fire Department, Helen Fire Department and Lee Arrendale Fire Brigade responded to the call about 3 p.m. and reached the hiker at 4:30 p.m.

The falls are located in White County at the end of a popular hiking trail. Firefighters hiked the side of Raven Cliff at a 70-degree incline to the top, then had to climb down about 45 feet to the hiker, who had removed himself from the water and was waiting for rescue personnel.

David Murphy, White County director of public safety, said authorities moved the injured hiker from the falls to an area where a Georgia State Patrol helicopter could take the patient to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.



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