Three rescue agencies from two counties spent several hours late Sunday picking up a hiker who fell from a cliff at a Clark County nature preserve, authorities said.
The man suffered "serious injuries" and was flown to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital after rescuers carried him about two miles to Athens-Boonesboro Road, Clark County Fire Department Chief Billy Jones said.
Jones estimated that the hiker fell about 40 feet into a ravine.
"It took probably three hours to get him out," Jones said Monday. "He was conscious, but he had multiple fractures and was going into hypothermia.
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"The terrain is very rough there, and we had to set up pulley systems at several points to lower him down steep places."
The hiker was developing hypothermia because he'd become wet in the creek and the temperature was falling as the sun went down, Jones said.
A helicopter ambulance picked up the hiker near the Hall's on The River restaurant after rescue crews carried him there, officials said.
Jones had no report on the man's condition Monday. He said the hiker's injuries didn't appear to be immediately life-threatening.
The accident happened about 5 p.m. Sunday at the Lower Howard's Creek Nature and Heritage Preserve in Clark County.
In addition to the Clark County Fire Department, the Winchester Fire Department Emergency Medical Service and the Madison County Rescue Squad sent units to help.