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Officials: Hiker falls into ravine on Appalachian Trail in Big Island

(Valencia Jones/WSET)

BIG ISLAND, Va. (WSET) - Fire and rescue officials say a hiker fell into a ravine off the Appalachian Trail Thursday in Big Island.

Officials say a hiker fell into a ravine near the James River Foot Bridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway around 1 p.m.

The call came into Rockbridge County originally, according to fire officials, but the coordinates showed the scene was actually in Big Island.

By the time Bedford Communications got the call, search crews from Rockbridge County were on the way.

According to the Forest Fire Department, units from Big Island were looking for the hiker for about two hours.

Officials say the hiker has been found, but were unable to confirm the extent of their injuries.

They say crews had to comb eight miles from the trialhead to find the missing hiker.

Crews have rope, rescue equipment, a portable stretcher, and an ambulance waiting.

Crews from Bedford Co. Dept. of Fire & Rescue, Bedford Fire Dept., Big Island Fire Drpt, Big Island Rescue Squad, Bedford Co. Sheriff's office, VA Dept of Forestry, park rangers, Forest Vol. Fire Dept., and Rockbridge Co. responded to the scene.

This is a breaking news story, stay with ABC 13 for updates.

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