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.READ MORE: CIAA Basketball Tournament Drew 36K Fans And Had $19.6M Economic Impact, Officials Say
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.READ MORE: Dr. Fauci Urges UMD Baltimore Graduates To 'Live A Life Of Service'
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.MORE NEWS: 2 Hospitalized In West Baltimore Shooting, Police Say
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.