CUMBERLAND, Md. (WJZ) — An injured hiker was hoisted to safety by a Maryland State Police helicopter Friday afternoon in Allegany County.

Police received a request for assistance around 3 p.m. from Allegany County Emergency Services Center to hoist a hiker who had suffered a leg injury.

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Maryland State Police Trooper 3, based in Frederick, was dispatched to the scene. The helicopter crew configured Trooper 3 for an aerial hoist operation and arrived overhead.

The pilots maneuvered the AW-139 helicopter into position approximately 200 feet above the steep ravine and trees. A Maryland State Trooper/Rescue Technician was then lowered to the scene to begin the preparation of the patient for the hoist evolution.

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After the patient was assessed and placed into the secure hoisting device, both the patient and State Trooper/Rescue Technician were hoisted up to the helicopter.

Once the patient was secured inside the aircraft, Trooper 3 transitioned to its medevac role and transported the patient to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center in Cumberland.

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The Maryland State Police Aviation Command has served Maryland citizens since 1970 and operates a fleet of 10 helicopters from seven bases throughout Maryland on a 24/7, 365-day basis.