BY KEN LITTLE
The Greeneville Emergency & Rescue Squad responded to a call about 2:20 p.m. Monday concerning a medical emergency involving a hiker on the Appalachian Trail, squad member Kevin Ayers said.
The man, who was in his 30s, was at Jerry's Cabin in the Round Knob/Greystone area.
"He had been at the cabin for a couple days. He had gotten sick and he was very dehydrated," Ayers said.
The emergency call was also received by a mountain rescue crew in Madison County, N.C., which arrived first at the site, which is located near the state line.
The man was taken by Mission Ambulance to a hospital in Asheville, N.C., by the Madison County crew, Ayers said.
Members of the Rescue Squad parked at the Round Knob pavilion and rode ATVs and hiked about four miles to get to the Jerry's Cabin location, Ayers said.
The Rescue Squad crew was back at their station in Greeneville about 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Last Thursday night, the Rescue Squad was called to locate two lost hikers in the Margarette Falls/Shelton Mission area of Greystone.
The man and woman were found about 10 p.m. Thursday and escorted two miles to the Rescue Squad command post, Ayers said.
The woman had fallen in a creek and was suffering "from a little bit of hypothermia," Ayers said.
The couple, who were from Washington County and unfamiliar with the local trails, were given warm clothing.
"It helped them a whole lot," Ayers said.
With warmer weather on the way, there will be more hikers on the Appalachian Trail, Ayers said.
"We're starting to see more people getting out and hiking, so we're starting to see more (calls)," he said.