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Hiker rescued from Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area after medical emergency

DELAWARE WATER GAP NATIONAL RECREATION AREA – Crews rescued an injured hiker after she suffered a medical emergency in Warren County on Thursday, according to a post on the Knowlton Twp. Fire and Rescue Company’s Facebook page.

On Thursday morning, a female hiker experienced a medical emergency, had fallen, and was not able to continue for a self-rescue by foot, authorities said.

Warren County 911 Center was able to pinpoint her GPS location as approximately 4 miles North on the Appalachian Trail from the Dunnfield Creek Parking Area on Interstate 80, the post said.

Emergency crews initially met at the Dunnfield Creek Lot, then moving to Old Mine Road to better communicate and make direct access to the trail, authorities said.

National Park Service Rangers made initial contact with the party within about 45 minutes and began to render some aid. Soon after, UTV crews made their way on an access trail to the injured hiker’s location, authorities said.

Portland Fire, NJ State Park Police, and Worthington State Forest Staff entered the trail on foot and assisted with carrying the injured party to the UTV’s for the final extraction of the hiker, the post said.

She was then transported by ambulance to an area trauma center, authorities said.

“Today crews were confronted with limited manpower but worked together to facilitate the rescue flawlessly within a relatively short amount of time given the location on the trail,” the post said.

Several emergency crews from Warren, Sussex, and Northampton Counties assisted in the rescue.

Jay Edwards

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