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The Patrick County Special Ops Team used rappelling equipment to rescue a man who had fallen 75 feet down a mountainside Tuesday.
 
Special Ops Team
saves man after fall
Patrick County's Special Operations (Special Ops) Team rescued a man who fell about 75 feet in a mountainous area Tuesday afternoon, according to Steve Allen, emergency management coordinator.
Allen said the man and other employees of a tree-trimming company were working at a location on Lower Dam Lane in the Meadows of Dan area.
The victim, who was not identified, was pulled over the side of the mountain by a vine attached to a tree that had been cut down, Allen said.
The Special Ops Team had to use their technical rescue repelling equipment to recover the patient and take him back up the mountain, Allen said.
The victim, who is in his mid-50s, was airlifted to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., Allen said.
The Special Ops Team was called out at 12:25 p.m. and was on the scene until 3:57 p.m. The patient was removed from the mountainside at approximately 2:45 p.m., Allen said.
The Meadows of Dan Volunteer Fire Department, Vesta Rescue Squad, Patrick County Sheriff's Office, the game warden for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and City of Danville Power Plant operators all assisted, Allen said.