Man injured while hiking at Red River Gorge

WOLFE CO, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - A man is injured after falling on a trail while hiking.

It happened Saturday night at Rock Bridge in the Red River Gorge.

Rescuers from the Wolfe County Search and Rescue team say the man hurt his leg after falling about ten feet.

He was later taken to a hospital by ambulance after the rescue mission.

People looking to get out of the house and on to the trails, after a long cold winter,need to be careful.

Training Officer John May says preparation is key for hikers.

"Do a little research before you visit the area, know the trails you are going to be on, and how long it should take you to get off that trail," May says.

The team has been dispatched five times this year; they average more than 30 rescues all year.

May says one of the most common mistakes people make is losing daylight.

"If you feel yourself becoming disoriented or running out of daylight. Stop and try to get cell service and contact 911," May says.

During the spring and fall cliff edges are slippery, so it's crucial to stay on trails and obey signs. In severe cases it's important to be equipped to spend the night.

If you do find yourself lost in the woods, to make the rescue team's job easier; stay where you are.

"If you are lost. Call for help and stay put. Hug a tree. It's the best advice we could give you at that point," May says.

The Wolfe County team often works with volunteers from Lee, Menifee and Powell counties.

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