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Crews rescue stranded climber in Greene Co.

Associated Press • Dec 6, 2013 at 4:45 PM

GREENEVILLE — Rescue crews in East Tennessee have rescued a hiker stranded on a ledge near Margarette Falls.

WATE-TV reports that the man was rescued via helicopter and brought to safety Friday afternoon.

Officials

say the climber dressed in shorts and a T-shirt had been trapped on the

25-square-foot ledge since the day before, but that he had been able to

build a fire during the night.

Rescue crews from Greene and

Washington counties had been unable to reach the hiker overnight, and

fog had thwarted earlier efforts to reach him by helicopter.