Injured Horse Rider Rescue

On July 4th, RAT-SAR received a call for assistance from Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office about a missing and possibly injured horse rider. The team was paged out at 1400. While enroute, a RAT-SAR team member who happened to be in the area notified RAT-SAR that he had found the woman and she was injured possibly with a broken hip. Her location was a rugged, off-trail area of the Bankhead National Forest. RAT-SAR arrived at the command post approximately 1600 and begin the hike in to assist with bringing the subject out. The subject was evacuated via a wheeled litter for about 1100 meters until reaching the Kubota RTV at the trail. The subject was then transported via the RTV for about 3 miles along the trail. The call was cleared approximately 2345 with the subject and all rescuers out of the woods. This rescue was a multi-agency effort by Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office Multi Agency Search and Rescue, Moulton Fire Department, Mt. Hope Fire Department, RAT-SAR, NW Alabama K-9, Lawrence County EMS, and Alabama Forestry Law Enforcement. Read the news story about the rescue.

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