Search crews from Blowing Rock Fire & Rescue, along with mutual-aid agencies, successfully located and evacuated Mr. Frank Sanady, 67 years-of-age, Charlotte, NC, from the China Creek Trail area at 5:10 PM today.
Mr. Sanady entered the trail at approximately 12:00 PM on February 9, 2019, for a day hike. When Mr. Sanady did not return by early evening, Blowing Rock Emergency Services were notified and launched a search and recovery operation. Crews worked throughout the night attempting to locate Mr. Sanady. At approximately 11:30 AM today, Mr. Sanady, was located by searchers. Mr. Sanady was uninjured but very fatigued.
Agencies assisting in the search and recovery efforts were:
Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue
Blowing Rock Police
Watauga County Emergency Management
Caldwell County Emergency Management
Collettsville Fire Department
Linville Central Rescue
Granite Falls Fire Department
Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger
NC Park Service
NC Emergency Management
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