Published Nov 12, 2013
Lara Louise Kadambi, 38, a hiker from Pike Creek, Delaware, was critically injured after falling about 30 feet from the Appalachian Trail near the Pinnacle in eastern Pennsylvania.
Kempton Fire Chief Ethan Kunkel and Pennsylvania State Police say the woman was hiking with companions when she lost her balance and fell on Saturday, October 19, 2013, at about 12:40 in the afternoon.
Reports say there were several hundred people on the trail that day and many assisted in the rescue of Ms. Kadambi.
Emergency personnel arrived roughly 40-minutes after the accident. They used the next 90-minutes reaching the fallen hiker, putting her in a safety basket and transporting her to the mountain's helipad. A medical helicopter flew her to Lehigh Valley Hospital near Allentown, where she was treated for head injuries.
Although there are frequent sprained ankles and other non-lethal injuries along that section of the Appalachian Trail, Chief Kunkle believes this is the first time in five years that an emergency helicopter evacuation was required.
We are thankful that Ms. Kadambi survived the fall and for the many individuals and agencies who came to her rescue.
Tags: Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Appalachian Trail, Hiking, News, and Accidents
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