Wolfe Co. Search and Rescue Team saves man injured by machete

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WOLFE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Officials say a Red River Gorge camper is lucky to be alive after a machete accident over the weekend. A camper severely cut himself in the leg.

He was able to drive his car to the Sky Bridge Station restaurant for help. Lucky for him, members of the Wolfe County Search and Rescue team were inside. They offered medical attention until an ambulance arrived.

"The first words out of his mouth were, 'I don't think I can make it to a hospital. I cut myself pretty badly,'" said David Fifer, a paramedic and member of the Wolfe County Search and Rescue Team.

Fifer, Wilderness First Responder Drew Stevens, and kitchen manager Eric Jones treated the man for shock and slowed the bleeding. Fifer says the camper stumbled out of his car and was covered in blood. He tells WKYT the camper's pants were shredded because the camper made an improvised bandage.

We're told the man was fasting for two days and was on a "spiritual journey" in the gorge, before he accidentally cut his lower leg. His wound almost reached the bone.

"He avoided any major arteries. He was losing such a significant amount of blood from the size of the wound. It was pretty extensive," explained Fifer.

The man received several stitches and was discharged from the hospital.

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