A rescue occurred Sunday in the Paddy Creek Wilderness Area in northwest Texas County.

Emergency personnel on Sunday rescued a 47-year-old man who sustained a knee injury and sought help in a steep, remote area of the Paddy Creek Wilderness in northwest Texas County.

Keith Follin, fire chief for Roby, said a reporting party was confused as to the location, and it took some time to find the injured man. A helicopter had been requested from the Missouri State Highway Patrol to locate the injured hiker, but he was found and it was cancelled, Follin said.

The man was about three-quarters of a mile in a steep, difficult terrain that made communication difficult. The Licking Fire Department was called to assist in loading the patient into an ambulance. The Roby Emergency Medical Responders immobilized the injured leg, and the man was able to walk with assistance from emergency responders, Follin said.

The fire chief said one firefighter suffered a mild medical issue during the hike back, but was fine after a brief rest.


EARLIER: Emergency personnel were called at mid-afternoon Sunday to the Paddy Creek area in northwest Texas County, where one person was reported injured. 

Authorities said a 47-year-old man sustained a leg injury and sought help in the steep, remote area.

A search occurred and eventually the hiker was found. Those on scene included fire departments from Licking and Roby, as well as TCMH ambulance personnel.

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