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Photos of 9/1 Mountain Rescue

When a helicopter airlifted a fallen hiker from Echo Mountain, Paul Ayers and his camera were close by.

To hikers familiar with the Sam Merrill Trail, the rescue appears to take place from a spot mid-way between the 1- and 2-mile markers -- an area that would require some serious skills and derring-do on the part of the helicopter rescue team.

Ayers describes the photos:

"The first shows the sheriff’s copter adjacent to the west wall of Echo Mountain and the Sam Merrill Trail.  A rescuer can be seen being lowered from the helicopter. Below and to the left are a number of people looking on from the Sam Merrill. 

"The second photo shows the end of the rescue with the woman and the rescuer just below the helicopter body; you can see the woman’s white tennis shoes."

Patch had a story on the rescue . 

Barbara Ellis September 06, 2012 at 04:11 PM
That's a treacherous section of the trail. Where were you standing when you took these, Paul?
Paul Ayers September 06, 2012 at 09:14 PM
In the open meadow just inside the gates of the Cobb Estate

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