POWELL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A teen rescued after a fall in the Red River Gorge earlier this year was surprised by her rescuers when she returned for her birthday.
It was April of this year when Katie Wilson and a group of friends went off-trail, near the Martin's Fork area of the Red River Gorge.
"I was climbing on it and the last thing I remember was testing the rock to see if it would hold and it didn't," Wilson said.
The then 18-year-old fell between 35 and 40 feet, before landing on a narrow trail.
A friend ran for help and after several hours members of the Powell County Search and Rescue Squad were able to carry her out, in a basket.
Despite the distance she only suffered bruising and some heavy scrapes.
On Saturday Wilson returned to the Gorge for the third time since her fall, just a couple of days after her nineteenth birthday.
"We went to the spot where I landed and to the top and it's just so sobering," she said.
A member of the rescue squad was waiting for her, to give her a shirt signed by the people who helped save her that day, and a whistle, to call for help should she ever need it again.
"I'm so thankful, so incredibly thankful," Wilson said of the rescuers.