Rough terrain impeding rescue of hiker in Holly Shelter Game Land


PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Heat exhaustion and rough terrain made difficult to rescue a hiker who had been in the Holly Shelter Game Land since Sunday.

According to the Pender County Sheriff’s Office, the hiker called Monday and said he had been lost in the woods since Sunday and may have been bitten by a snake.

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Emergency responders reached the hiker early Monday afternoon, who was about a mile or so back in the woods, said Pender County Emergency Management Director Tom Collins.

The hiker was given fluids, Collins said, but he said it was going to take a while to get him out because he’s in a bad location with rough terrain.

Some first responders were also dealing with heat exhaustion.

By 3 p.m., officials say the hiker had been taken out of the woods and was brought to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. At that time, they were working on getting the rescuers out.

NC Forestry tried to plow a line in there to get to the hiker. They were also trying to get a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter to come in and help with the rescue.