- Associated Press - Sunday, February 7, 2016

ALTAMONT, N.C. (AP) - A hiker who fell in the North Carolina mountains is safe after it took more than five hours and two helicopters to get him to a hospital in Asheville.

Local media outlets report rescuers used a Blackhawk helicopter and then a medical helicopter to help the man, whose name was not released and who had fallen Saturday in the remote Linville Gorge Wilderness.

The Blackhawk brought the hiker, who suffered a broken leg, off Shortoff Mountain. He was then transferred to a medical helicopter.

The report of the fall was received about 11 a.m. but it took five hours before the hiker was rescued because of the remoteness of the area 60 miles northeast of Asheville.

The hike to up Shortoff Mountain is a steep climb of about four miles.



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