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Rescuers weren’t able to reach a stranded climber overnight near Margarette Falls, despite the efforts of both Greene and Washington County rescue squads.
Bucky Ayers of the Greene County Rescue Squad said crews had planned to climb to the stranded climber’s position overnight. “It just got unsafe for them to climb,” he said at 6:20 a.m. Friday. Authorities tried to get a police helicopter to the climber’s position yesterday, but high winds made it impossible.
Ayers said local crews are working with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) to bring in a military helicopter from North Carolina sometime Friday to snatch the climber. “We won’t know anything until daylight,” Ayers said before sunrise.
The climber, dressed in shorts and a T-shirt, had built a fire overnight, Ayers said. “That’s pretty much all we know.”
A second hiker fell from the ledge Thursday afternoon and was transported by private vehicle to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Keep checking greenevillesun.com and the Friday edition of The Greeneville Sun for more details.