KIMBERLY, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: The missing hiker has been located and rescued without any major injuries, according to JCSO.
After making verbal contact with the hiker, the rescuers were able to pinpoint her location near Gurley Creek. Multiple deputies swam across the creek to make physical contact with the hiker and ensure she was in a stable condition.
With assistance from Vestavia Police Department’s Swift Water Rescue, the hiker was able to be lifted from the area safely, and she is now receiving medical treatment. Her specific injuries were not released, but she is expected to make a full recovery.
The only injury during the search was sustained by a K-9 deputy, “Razor”, who is receiving treatment for broken bones but should recover fully.
UPDATE: Sargent Money of JCSO has informed CBS 42 that rescuers have made verbal contact with the hiker and are continuing their efforts.
ORIGINAL: The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has been searching for a missing hiker since Sunday evening.
Around 7:30 p.m. Sunday night, JCSO officers were dispatched to a location in Kimberley near Bone Dry Road after a caller reported a missing a person.
The caller explained that they had been hiking to Gurley Creek with their companion, following the creek bank for sometime, before the caller had returned to their parked car to get the vehicle and then pick up their companion. The caller was unable to locate their companion once they returned to the creek bank and called JCSO for help.
Though JFSO deputies, K-9 Units, Star 1 and personnel from Kimberly Fire and Rescue searched late into the night, the missing person has not been located. The search has started up again as of this morning.
Stay with CBS 42 for updates on this story.