One month after completing snake bite training with Red STAR Wilderness EMS, we received a call for someone bitten by a copperhead on Pilots Knob trail. After watching the sunset on top of Pilots Knob, the subject was walking barefoot back down the trail when the bite took place. The subject had some immediate medical issues occur, but tried to walk out on his own. He almost made it out, but the pain began to be too intense to continue. He called 911 and asked for help to make the rest of the way. Powell County Emergency Medical Services and PCSAR responded and sent a hasty team into the woods. After reaching the subject, he realized he was closer to the end of the trail than he thought and decided to try and walk on out on his own. This was of the more severe snake bite reactions we have seen. Thankfully the hiker made it to his car and have his friend drive him to the hospital for treatment.
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Gotta loves the tats…compromise is spelled wrong. The bite is on “pain is inevitable”
I feel for this person but, really, walking around in the gorge after dark, barefoot?? Really. And I appreciate those earthy people who want to literally touch the earth with bare feet. Such a decision is a little beyond the naïve.
Barefoot in copperhead territory. Great idea.
Had a friend get bit , she went to the Stanton Hospital but they had no venom. They told her Winchester had the venom. Lots of driving and pain but she made it . got bit on roadside parking area. In the grass a little baby snake . hope Stanton got some venom there now.
I wore hiking sandels on this trail. Never again! The baby copperheads are emerging now & born with venom.
How was it identified for sure? Just curious bc in Eastern KY everyone calls a brown snake a Copperhead or a dark looking snake. It's obviously a bite from a venomous snake, but Timbers are out everywhere too right now. I'm just curious on how it was identified.
Leaving chimney Rock few evenings ago at dusk...they were 6 copperhead crawling across the gravel road at different spots...no way I'd walk out of there at dark...
Everyone knocking the barefoot. You do realize that copperheads have approximately 2 inch fangs and can pierce through light shoe materials and possibly leather and rubber. Of course all that depends of the sturdiness of the materials used. Sure shoes may have helped but not completely. My point is, one should always watch their step regardless of what they have on their feet.
Barefoot in fading light conditions . Thank Goodness for you guys ! You Rock!
Does it seem snake population has increased since they quit having the snake round up?
Barefoot? In the gorge, aka copperhead central?
I don't walk in venomous snake country in sandals or barefoot.
Did he actually step on it? Or, what caused it to bite?
SMH side to side lol. Thank you guys for all of your sacrifices and hard work!
Thanks for all you do!!! Hopefully this person has learned a lesson from this experience!!!
The snake probably took offense to those foot tattoos.
barefoot hippies lol j/k, glad he made it out and the team could help
Barefoot?!? 🤦🤷 I could never do your job... Kudos to you!!!
Put some shoes on, hippie! 😅
Katy Ashley Crowe remember when we were close to the nest? This dude got bit on same trail
I feel like I can walk barefooted over venomous snakes when I drink hard liqour too. 😏
kudos to EMS but please appreciate these tattoos with me Adrienne Craig . 🤣
Darwinism at its finest
So dumb walking barefoot. Completely unprepared, novice move, not to mention being clueless to his own location and surroundings. Glad you all were there.
If only the individual had been wearing appropriate footwear.
We would like to thank The Stanton Gym for their generous donation to our team. They raised money and honored the victims of 9/11 by having members climb one flight of steps for each of the 2977 victims. They completed a total of 3134 flights. The owners stated on their FB page that "the victims of that horrible day will not be forgotten and will continue to be honored each year on this day". We want to again thank the owners Brandon Michael Havens and Peyton Nolan Havens, along with all those who participated in the event, for helping our team.
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Such awesome people!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🇺🇸
At 4:21pm yesterday, the team received a call for a lost hiker that was between Auxier Ridge Trail and Double Arch Trail. The hiker was in good health but simply made a wrong turn onto an unmarked trail. This is easily made by anyone hiking in the gorge. The hiker did what we always encourage people to do....call, sit down and wait for help. By doing this we were able to get her coordinates. Two teams went in, located the hiker and brought her safely out. Thank you to Wolfe County Search & Rescue Team Estill County Rescue Squad and Hunter Hounds Search and Recovery for responding! #pocosar ... See MoreSee Less
Best of luck to 3 of our members who are on their way to Namur, Belgium!! Once there, they will be joining other leading rope rescue teams from across the world at GRIMPDAY!! GO TEAM!!The time has come! From this Wednesday, the picturesque town of Namur, Belgium will become home to the world‘s leading rope rescue teams as they compete at GRIMPDAY. For those of you who can‘t be there in person, we‘ll be reporting on the action from the event each day so that you can feel part of it from September 8th -11th.
Follow our channels and the Grimpday page for all the latest updates.
🇩🇪 Die Zeit ist gekommen! Diesen Mittwoch wird das kleine Städtchen Namur in Belgien Gastgeber der weltbesten Seilrettungsteams sein, die beim GRIMPDAY antreten werden. Für diejenigen von euch, die nicht live vor Ort sein können, berichten wir täglich vom 8. – 11. September, sodass auch ihr nichts von den spannungsgeladenen Eventtagen verpasst.
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Best of luck!