Nat'l Park Search for Two Women Ends with Rescue


Published 07/23 2014 05:36PM

Updated 07/23 2014 05:49PM

PAGE COUNTY, Va. - Two women have been rescued out of Shenandoah National Park after they went missing Tuesday night.

Karen Beck-Herzog, a Public Affiars Officer for the park, said a search team was assembled after two females reportedly spent an "Unplanned overnight in steep rocky terrain, near the Old Rag area of the park."

The search halted Tuesday evening because of darkness and concern of the search teams' safety.

The National Park Service called in a Park Police helicopter to assist both days. During a flyover on Wednesday, the helicopter crew spotted the two females.

The crew lowered a rescue technician down in a basket. He escorted the two females safely into the rescue basket, and all three individuals were raised up by the helicopter.

The women were taken to a landing pad, where they were reunited with family members. Beck-Herzog said no injuries were reported.

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