UPDATE: Missing hiker rescued in Poga

Johnson City Press • Updated Feb 4, 2020 at 9:00 PM

BUTLER — The Carter County Rescue Squad successfully rescued a lost hiker from the Twisted Falls section of Poga on Tuesday. Members of the High Angle Rescue Team had been searching for the lost hiker for about 18 hours.

Terry Arnold, director of the Rescue Squad said the rescue team reported back to headquarters that the hiker was safe and had suffered no injuries. “He was just lost,” Arnold said. With temperatures unusually mild for the mountains in mid winter, the hiker had no problems with weather. “It didn’t get really cold during the night,” Arnold said.

Details on how the hiker became separated from his group are not yet known. Arnold said the rescue team was still on site and has not yet returned to make its report.

Previously reported:

BUTLER — The Carter County Rescue Squad is searching for a man who disappeared in the Twisting Falls area of Poga since Monday afternoon.

Terry Arnold, director of the Carter County Rescue Squad, said the call about the missing person came in around 6 p.m. Monday.

“He was with a group. They were all at the base of the falls and the last time he was seen he was at the top of the falls,” Arnold said.

Searchers have been doing an area grid search of the mountainous region. “Right now, we haven’t ruled out any possibility,” Arnold said. He said there are a lot of trails back in the region.

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