Hiker rescued hours after 50-foot fall at Jessamine Creek Gorge

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WILMORE, Ky. (WKYT) - Crews in Jessamine County rescued a hiker who fell down a 50-foot embankment.

Crews are in southern Jessamine County where a hiker fell and injured herself. (Angela Reighard/WKYT)

It happened near the waterfall at Jessamine Creek Gorge. It took crews four hours to rescue the young woman. A Black Hawk helicopter helped the National Guard pull her from the woods.

"We've spent many hours training to get this to work the way that it did, so it's a good success story," said Major Steve Proffitt from the Jessamine County Fire District.

Alex Burress said he was hiking with his girlfriend when they heard the cries for help. He quickly jumped into action.

"When I hear 'help' I come. I come running if I can. It's just part of instinct I guess," Burress said. "I got her to move her fingers and toes, and as far as I can tell, she's alright - quite a bit of blood on her face."

The area where the woman fell is very remote. First responders told WKYT rescues often happen in this area because people try to go off the trail.

"People come in using the creek, which is a dangerous area because of the unstable ground and water flowing through the creek," said Johnny Adams, Jessamine County Emergency Management Director. "I believe that in this situation, folks did utilize the creek. Unfortunately, most of the rescues we have in this area are due to folks talking that route versus taking the trails."

The woman is banged up but is expected to recover. She was taken to UK Hospital for treatment.

No one else with her was hurt.

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