NC hiker rescued after collapsing on trail in Smokies

A North Carolina man had to be rescued after he collapsed on a trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Officials say Mark Lehmahn, 58, of Waynesville, collapsed while hiking with a group on the Ramsey Cascades Trail before 1:00 pm on Tuesday. People nearby performed CPR until Lehmahn started breathing on his own.

Rangers reached Lehmahn at approximately 3:33 p.m. about 3.8 miles from the trail head and worked to get him ready for a helicopter transport.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol performed the helicopter rescue, and safely transported Lehmahn to the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport in Sevierville at 5:30. An ambulance was waiting to take him to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.

The Ramsey Cascades Trail is located in the Greenbrier area of the park, which is six miles east of Gatlinburg on Highway 321. According to the GSMNP website, the round trip distance to the waterfall is 8 miles and the hike is considered strenuous in difficulty. It takes 5-7 hours to hike to the waterfall and back.


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