Lost Hikers Rescued From Red River Gorge

Search and rescue crews have reached two hikers in the Red River Gorge who went missing Sunday night.

The search unfolded in Wolfe County in the Torrent Falls area shortly after 1 a.m. Monday.

Crews finally located the two men atop a cliff in the Serenity Falls area, then spent a little more than an hour trying to get to them.

Crews reached the two, said to be a 17-year-old boy and a 28-year-old man, by 8 a.m. Monday.

They appeared to be okay.

There's no word if they had to be taken to the hospital.

The two walked away from their cabin Sunday night and didn't return before nightfall.

Once crews saw the two atop a cliff, they were thrown blankets until rescuers reached them.


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  • by Jeb Location: KY on May 20, 2009 at 11:54 AM
    How did they rescue them if they were "lost?" Didn't they have to "find" them before they rescued them? Yes, it's sarcasm...LOL!
  • by Garry Location: Richmond on May 18, 2009 at 09:09 PM
    People, just because you go to a sporting goods store and buy a pair of hiking boots and a backpack doesn't make you Daniel Boone.If you have no knowledge of the gorge then you need to hire s guide. You can't just worry about falling off a cliff or getting lost, you also have cooperheads, rattlesnakes,wildcats and bear in the gorge.I've been going there for 38 years and have never even sprained an ankle, you have to be smarter than what you're doing or you will get hurt or killed.If you do find yourself lost stay put build a fire the smoke will help rescuers find you and please don't try walking after dark thats how most people get killed.
  • by MG on May 18, 2009 at 01:01 PM
    Its the people, not the location. You should never wander off the paths unless your a professional or willing to take the risk.
  • by Amused Location: Winchester on May 18, 2009 at 09:27 AM
    I find it amusing that people use these articles to start arguments over intelligence levels. Grow up people. As for the story, I grew up in Powell County and I know the Gorge like the back of my hand. It's a gorgeous place and I'm glad people travel from all over to witness such beauty. However, people do need to be safe.
  • by Gorge lover Location: Ky on May 18, 2009 at 09:23 AM
    In the gorge, mostly the trails are lost, not the people. Not all those who wander are lost. Never hike or wander at night. If you do it is no wonder people have accidents.
  • by James Location: East KY on May 18, 2009 at 09:08 AM
    I'd bet a hundred bucks they were from Ohio.
  • by Brenda Location: Salyersville on May 18, 2009 at 08:56 AM
    Kim from Breathitt I am a buckeye and that dont mean that we are stupid. I bet you that I can go to as many places as you can and get out saft. I think you need to choose your words a little better then you did because honey I am as smart as you if not a little bit more.....
  • by kim Location: breathitt co on May 18, 2009 at 08:12 AM
    This makes how many this year....people need to use common sense. I have been to the Red River Gorge hundreds of times and it IS safe....as long as you pay attention. People, please don't go there under the influence of any illegal substance, even alcohol. I could just be a smart mouth and say that it was probably a bunch of buck-eyes....90% of the time it is.
  • by John Location: Wolfe on May 18, 2009 at 07:46 AM
    The Red River Gorge is not the problem. It's a beautiful location with a lot to see. If you follow the rules, you can enjoy a day or week without any issues. I'm on the SAR team that responded to this call. These individuals acted irresponsible and you see the result. It is unfortunate that we have as many calls as we do (3 within 18hrs from Sun-Mon) but it happens we you don't follow the rules. If hikers/campers would think safety and be prepared, it would cut down a lot of our rescues.
  • by Gail Location: Lexington on May 18, 2009 at 06:40 AM
    I don't believe the LOCATION is to blame but rather irresponsible individuals. Who in their right mind takes off hiking cliffsides after weeks of rain?!?
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