Andrew Moore was solo hiking through the swamp and realized he was lost around 6:30 p.m. 13 agencies, including search and rescue teams, firefighters and police, responded to the scene and started to look for Moore.
Because of the enormous man power and noise of the choppers, nearby residents became alarmed and the 911 system was flooded. Law enforcement then sent out a reverse 911 call to inform residents of the incident.
A helicopter spotted Moore long after midnight. The chopper hovered over Moore until ground crews were able to reach him. He was escorted back to the trailhead where he was reunited with his family. Moore was cold and wet, but otherwise in good condition.
After Moore reached safety, rescuers were alerted to another call – this time a firefighter who was out looking for Moore, became exhausted and suffered from chest pains. Because of the wet terrain and power lines in the area, a chopper rescue wasn’t an option.
Rescuers found the injured firefighter and carried him out on a stretcher. All units were cleared from the command post by 6:30 a.m.
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