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Crews rescue hiker found 4 days after falling off trail in Leakin Park

Posted at 4:23 PM, Jul 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-12 23:17:16-04

A hiker is in the hospital after falling 10 to 20 feet into a ravine at Gwynns Falls.

He was injured and didn't know when someone would come to the rescue.

Surrounded by city streets, Gwynns Falls Leakin Park is somewhere you can enjoy the outdoors without leaving the city.

That's why Jason Counsman bought a house there a year ago.

He's never seen a scene like what he came home to on Thursday.

"I just saw a bunch of fire trucks," Counsman said.  "It looked like a rescue and then an ambulance.  It looked like they had the guy already in the ambulance."

Counsman was watching a heroic rescue unfold.

Blair Skinner, the Spokesperson for Baltimore City Fire said the man was stuck in the ravine for four days with an injury to his head.

Rescue crews were able to get down to him using ropes and baskets.

Conscious and breathing he told his heroes how long he had been down there.

"That's surprising honestly, I'm guessing he was pretty injured and couldn't make noise or move at all," Counsman said.  "For four days that's kind of interesting because people go through that park everyday.  From what I've seen it looks like he just fell down here in the ravine.  I don't think there's trails that go through there so he must have been off trail exploring."

They saved the man, and the hope is this rescue is used as a cautionary tale.

"It's important to know that if people are going to hike or walk on the trail they should hike in pairs and make sure that you have a cell phone with you," Skinner said.

We're working to find out the name of the victim.