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  1. #1
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    Nov 2009

    Default Hiker Dies Of Injuries Sustained In Fall Into Stream Monday 12/21/09

    I read the National Park Service's The Morning Report 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

  2. #2
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    Feb 2008


    That poor couple. I wonder if she hit her head. This is why I carry an emergency blanket in the winter. We used them almost every winter in the Army. Someone was always getting wet or hypothermia. I hate to read this.

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    Northern Kentucky


    That is tragic. I will pray for that family.

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    Hillbilly Hollow, NC


    This is just awful news. I hope it was just an accident I hope it also serves as a reminder to everyone to pay attention to your surroundings, you're not in Disney World. One slip or bad decision can result in an lamentable outcome.
    Last edited by flyman; 01-02-2010 at 11:19 PM.
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  5. #5
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    Oct 2008
    Knoxville, Tennessee

    Unhappy 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.

  6. #6
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    Nov 2009
    Knoxville, TN


    Sad sad story. That is some cold water over there and im sure it took quite a while for the medics to get there when you consider how far he had to run and how far they had to go once they arrived.

    I just can't imagine a nice stroll with the wife having such a life changed outcome like that. Truly a tragic time.


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