Just after 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14, Pope County EMS 134 and Pope County Rescue 141 were dispatched to the area of 6199 Graves Creek Road on a rough terrain rescue. Pope County dispatchers updated responders concerning the rescue stating they had received a 911 call reporting that a 39-year-old male had fallen about 12 feet from a waterfall and had sustained injuries. The caller reported to dispatch that the man believed he had suffered injuries to his legs in the fall.
Dispatch advised responders that the 911 caller's location was pinged to pinpoint where they were located and they appeared to be near 6199 Graves Creek Road off of Pilot Rock Road, north of Dover.
While en route to the location, Pope County EMS 134 inquired about the availability of an air ambulance. Upon receiving the request, dispatch inquired with Survival Flight 7 and advised EMS 134 that Survival Flight would have approximately an eight minute eta. At that time, Survival Flight 7 was put on standby.
As EMS 134 continued their response, they advised dispatch that they would be delayed due to a tree down across the road. Upon learning the information, dispatch requested the response of the Martin Township Fire Department.
Firefighters responded to the reported road obstruction on Pilot Rock Road and quickly removed the tree from the roadway. Both Martin Township firefighters and EMS 134 continued their response and a short time later they arrived on scene.
Once on scene, firefighters assisted EMS 134 by driving the paramedic to the area where the man had reportedly fallen from the waterfall. Upon locating the injured man, they made contact with him and began evaluating his injuries. A short time later, EMS Rescue arrived on scene and personnel loaded rescue equipment onto their side-by-side and made their way to injured patient.
Once the patient was secured on a spine board and prepared to be transported back up the mountainside, EMS personnel requested Survival Flight 7 to launch. Once secured, the patient was placed onto the ATV and brought back up the mountain.
At 5:28 p.m., dispatch was advised that the patient had been transferred into the care of the Survival Flight 7 crew.
The injured man was then airlifted from the landing zone to UAMS in Little Rock to receive treatment for the injuries he had sustained in the fall. At approximately 5:30 p.m., all units advised dispatch they were available for service. At this time, the identity of the patient and his current condition are unknown.
The following video was captured during the rough terrain rescue efforts.