Hiker Dies Of Injuries Sustained In Fall Into Stream Monday 12/21/09
I read the National Park Service's The Morning Report http://home.nps.gov/applications/morningreport/ this morning and ran across this tragic event that occurred Monday. Please pray for this family and be safe out there.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Hiker Dies Of Injuries Sustained In Fall Into Stream
The park received a 911 alert regarding a hiking accident just before noon on Monday. Cindy Hill and her husband, Ron, were hiking along the Greenbrier Road, which was temporarily closed due to snow. They walked about three miles from the ranger station, then stopped to take a photo on some rocks along a stream. Cindy Hill lost her foot on a rock and fell into swift-moving water. Her husband grabbed her, but she slipped from his grasp. He finally reached her again about 20 yards downstream, pulled her to the shore, and began CPR. She proved unresponsive. While running back toward the ranger station to get help, Hill encountered a visitor who made the 911 call. Rangers and Gatlinburg fire and EMS personnel responded, arriving at the scene simultaneously. Paramedics began advanced life support, but without effect. She was taken by ambulance to Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center, where emergency personnel were able to establish a pulse. She was then transported by air to Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center for additional treatment, but attempts to revive her there were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead. [Submitted by Nancy Gray, Public Affairs Officer
I am speckulating, but many times
when someone who is unconditioned to cold water (like 99% of us) one has a tendency to gasp for air when they hit the cold water. Even if she didn't hit her head, it is still easy to drown this way. It seems her husband got her out of the water and tried to revive, very sad it was unsucessful.