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Chapel Hill, White Cross firefighters combine efforts to save stranded hiker

Posted February 16, 2021 8:21 p.m. EST

WRAL News

The Chapel Hill Fire Department and White Cross Fire Department chipped in to rescue a hiker on Monday.

The CHFD responded at around 7:40 p.m. Monday to the report of a hiker cut off from the Mason Farm Preserve Trail due to high water and darkness.

The hiker was near Morgan Creek and Finley Golf Course when they got disoriented after sunset, and due to fog and high water, could not return safely to the trail.

Water Rescue Technicians from the Chapel Hill and White Cross fire departments used one of Chapel Hill Fire’s rescue boats to bring the hiker to safety. The incident was completed by 9 p.m. No injuries were reported from the incident or rescue.

A total of 19 responders assisted with the incident, including 11 Chapel Hill firefighters.

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