Teen thanks rescuers who helped during April fall in the Red River Gorge

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.

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