Injured Hiker in Garrett County Rescued by Maryland State Police Aviation Command

Maryland State Police Helicopter Makes Aerial Rescue of Injured Hiker pic

June 9, 2024

The Maryland State Police Aviation Command rescued an injured hiker who fell Saturday afternoon at Swallow Falls State Park in western Maryland.

The incident occurred when the hiker fell, sustaining injuries that necessitated immediate medical attention. Maryland State Police Aviation was called to assist by first responders due to the severity of injuries, the challenging terrain and lengthy anticipated ground extraction.

Trooper 5, a crew based in Cumberland, conducted the hoist mission with assistance on the ground from Garrett County rescue personnel.

Pilots skillfully maneuvered the AgustaWestland AW-139 helicopter to hover above a riverbank, allowing a Trooper/Paramedic to be lowered to the hiker’s location. Once the hiker was secured and prepared for aerial rescue, they were airlifted to UPMC Western Maryland in Cumberland for medical treatment.

The MSPAC has served since 1970 and operates a fleet of 10 AW139 helicopters from seven bases in Maryland. Each aircraft provides round-the-clock coverage to Maryland residents and visitors. The agency’s missions include medevac, law enforcement, search and rescue, homeland security and disaster assessment. The success of the missions relies heavily on the cooperative efforts of local fire, rescue, EMS, law enforcement agencies and partners at the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Park Police.