HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. – Hillsborough County Fire Rescue and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office worked together yesterday to rescue a lost hiker from the Little Manatee River State Park.
According to authorities, HCFR’s Emergency Dispatch Center received a 911 call at 2:47 PM on Wednesday afternoon from a man stating he was lost in the woods.
HCFR s Battalion Chief 4, Engine 28, Engine 8, and Rescue 28A were dispatched to the location to begin searching for the disoriented hiker who had been without water for approximately four hours.
“Our dispatch center could locate the patient using the GPS from his cell phone. After traversing heavily the heavily wooded area for over an hour, Battalion 4 and Engine 28 found the man,” said HCFR.
Advanced Life Support procedures were initiated while HCSO prepared to lift the hiker out.
HCSO successfully lifted the hiker and two HCFR crew members out, where he was transferred to Rescue 28A for transport to a local hospital in stable condition. There were no injuries to first responders.