Helicopter locates injured man lost in woods looking for goat

Chief Chad Umbel said that crews worked for 2½ hours to find the man after he called 911 to report his injuries


By Samantha Hogan
The Frederick News-Post

FREDERICK, Md. — Vigilant Hose Co. and Trooper 3 crews worked together on Saturday night to locate a man who was injured in the woods while searching for a lost goat.

Chief Chad Umbel said that crews worked for 2½ hours to find the man after he called 911 to report his injuries.

Lieutenant Derek Rosensteel led a group of first-responders on ATVs into the woods, but it quickly became clear that they would not be able to find him. Trooper 3, the helicopter division of Maryland State Police, were called to the scene to use infrared cameras to locate the man, and he was found within four or five minutes.

Trooper 3 remained on the scene for 45 minutes shining a spotlight on the man while ground crews worked to reach him on the steep terrain near Middle Creek, Umbel said.

“The biggest issue was just accessing the patient once the trooper found him,” Umbel said.

The man was estimated to be 1½ miles into the woods away from his property on Harney Road outside of Emmitsburg.

A neighbor was the first to reach the man with an ATV, and medical crews helped extract the man to Old Gettysburg Road. The man was transported to Gettysburg Hospital with minor injuries.

Taneytown Fire Department and Thurmont Ambulance Co. also responded to the call.

Copyright 2018 The Frederick News-Post

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