Climber falls off NC mountain, patient airlifted

Photo by Steve Ohnesorge | WBTV

LINVILLE GORGE, NC (WBTV) – A person was injured after falling during a climb of a rock face in the Linville Gorge area on Saturday afternoon.

Ground crews helped the patient near Shortoff Mountain in Burke County until rescue teams could move the  climber to a place where a military helicopter was able to land.

An HART (Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team) crew out of Charlotte was called in to help with the rescue, which was reported around 2:30 p.m.

The climber was taken to Asheville to be treated for a broken leg. The patient was reportedly conscious.

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