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Injured Hiker Rescued by Helicopter After Tumble Down Sugarloaf Mountain Cliff



A Maryland State Police helicopter crew helped rescue an injured hiker who had fallen down the side of a cliff while hiking on Sugarloaf Mountain in Dickerson on Monday afternoon.

At approximately 3:00 pm on May 21, Maryland State Police Aviation Trooper 3, based in Frederick, was dispatched to Sugarloaf Mountain as crews from Montgomery County and Frederick County fire rescue services assisted from the ground near Comus Road in Dickerson.

The pilots maneuvered the AW-139 helicopter into position 80 feet above a small rock outcropping at an elevation of 1,200 feet above sea level. A trooper was lowered to the scene to assess the patient and coordinate extrication with arriving ground providers. The patient was stabilized and packaged with the assistance of emergency personnel who had hiked into the rugged terrain to gain access to the patient.

Due to the austere and remote location, an aerial extraction was required. The trooper accompanied the injured hiker back up to the aircraft, at which time the patient was transported to Meritus Medical Center in Washington County while receiving advanced medical care from Trooper 3’s crew.


“The successful outcome of this challenging mission highlights the multi-mission capability of the Maryland State Police Aviation Command,” said a statement from Maryland State Police regarding the rescue. This mission is a testament to the recent training conducted in aerial rescue operations as a joint effort with the Maryland State Police Aviation Command and Frederick County Advanced Technical Rescue Team.”

The helicopter crew was assisted by the MCFRS personnel from Hyattstown Volunteer Fire Department and Upper Montgomery County Fire Department based in Bealsville, as well as the Carroll Manor Fire Department, Urbana Fire Department, and the Frederick County Advanced Technical Rescue Team based out of Independent Hose Company in Frederick.

The Maryland State Police maintain and operate a fleet of 10 AW-139 helicopters based out of seven locations across the state to provide round-the-clock care to citizens who visit and live within Maryland.

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