A male hiker has died after falling from a remote area in northern Dawson County.
Sunday, officials with Dawson County Fire & EMS and multiple other agencies responded to a hiker who had fallen from Bearden Falls at 12:43 p.m., according to a DCFES press release.
Bearden Falls sits along a creek of the same name inside of the Chattahoochee National Forest and is one of multiple falls in Dawson County.
Rescue personnel from Dawson and Forsyth counties arrived at the hiker around 2:22 p.m, at which time the incident changed into a recovery of the person. The incident appears to be accidental in nature, according to the DCFES report.
Assisting agencies included the Forsyth and Lumpkin County fire departments, the Department of Natural Resources, the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office and Georgia Search & Rescue Task Force 6.
Dawson County Fire Chief & EMA Director Danny Thompson explained that his personnel typically respond to remote hiking areas of the county like Bearden Falls a couple times each weekend to help with a range of medical and/or trauma-related incidents.
“The hardest part is locating that individual first and providing them with the appropriate care,” Thompson said, detailing that those unable to walk can be assisted with measures like labor intensive-rope teams or UTV-mounted stretchers.
As of the press release time shortly after 1 p.m. on Monday, Thompson said the hiker’s next of kin had not yet been notified.
DCN will update this story when more information becomes available.