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UPDATE: Injured hiker rescued on Signal Mountain

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

A mountain rescue, that began around 6:00p.m. Monday ended around 2:50 Tuesday morning.

Officials say four hikers were venturing up the mountain on Middle Creek Trail when one of them, a 22-year-old female from Dayton, slipped and fell a few feet below. 

The woman suffered a broken leg in the fall.

About 100 personnel from different local agencies were involved in the rescue.  Rescuers stationed at the top of the mountain had to hike at least a mile down the mountain to reach the victim.

"We couldn't have done it without everyone being here," said Walden Ridge EMS Captain Jeff Nix. "There's no way. If we did, we'd probably still be here 'til tomorrow evening."

EMS crews worked to stabilize the hiker and then secure in a Stokes basket to be transported to the top of the mountain.

Signal Mountain Fire Chief Eric Mitchell said rope rescues are very technical.

"They take a lot of equipment and personnel and staff and manpower," he said.

Chief Mitchell showed Channel 3 how a Stokes basket works similar to a zip line.

"It gives the ability to secure a person so they're not moving around, not jostling around as they're being rescued," he said. "It's not a very smooth ride but you make it as smooth as you can."

Dozens of people work to pull the patient up the mountain. It's her ride to safety.

"You can attach haul system, rigging system and ropes to the Stokes Basket," Chief Mitchell said.

The rescuers are now heroes to this hiker.

"A lot of these guys are volunteers, they don't get paid anything like me, they all work jobs," Captain Nix said.

Several rescuers were treated for dehydration and minor injuries. Two rescuers were taken to the hospital, one with an ankle injury and one with a knee and ankle injury.

Officials say although several of the hikers had done the trail before, this was the first time the victim had hiked the trail.

Captain Nix said this was the largest ever rescue done on Walden Ridge. City of Chattanooga Urban Search and Rescue team, Chattanooga-Hamilton County Cave and Cliff Team, Dallas Bay VFD, Dunlap Rope and Rescue team, Signal Mountain Fire Department, Mowbray VFD, Bradley County Fire Rescue, Sale Creek VFD and Lone Oak VFD all assisted with the rescue.

The victim's name has not been released.

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