Md. State Police use helicopter in Rocky Gap Run rescue

WASHINGTON — A Maryland State Police helicopter crew helped rescue two hikers on Friday, March 23, in Maryland’s Rocky Gap State Park.

The hikers were environmental employees from the Department of Natural Resources and called 911 after one fell into a stream along the Rocky Gap Run waterway.

The employees, both women, were collecting water samples and measurements when one fell into the water.

Officials said she got herself out of the water, but given her chance of becoming hypothermic and the remote location of the incident, Maryland State Police and the Allegany Fire Department decided a hoist mission was appropriate.

The Police Aviation Trooper 5 crew was deployed to the scene, where they located and hoisted the woman into the helicopter. They transported the victim to an ambulance, which took her to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.

The other woman was not injured. She walked back to the parking lot with Natural Resources Police after the helicopter transported her coworker.

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