Lost hiker found safe

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Published: Jun. 22, 2022 at 10:45 PM EDT
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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - A hiker lost in the Kanawha State Forest is found safe.

A Kanawha County 911 supervisor tells WSAZ the hiker was located in the woods, off a trail around midnight Thursday morning.

Several emergency crews were searching for the man including the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department, Kanawha Ambulance, Loudendale Volunteer Fire Department, and Davis Creek Ambulance.

The hiker was checked out but not transported for treatment. His name has not been released.

A search is underway late Wednesday night for a lost hiker trying to get out of the Kanawha State Forest, according to the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say the man was hiking with two friends when they split apart and he didn’t know how to make it back to his vehicle. They say the man was in cellphone contact with county dispatchers.

As of 10:30 p.m., crews from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, a volunteer fire department and the park superintendent were involved with the search. Rescuers were having to cut some fallen trees at the scene after strong to severe thunderstorms moved through earlier.

Other details are unavailable.

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