All hikers trapped by rising flood waters at Devil’s Bathtub rescued

All hikers stranded by rising flood waters at a popular hiking trail in southwest Virginia have been rescued.

According to Duffield Fire Chief Roger Carter, all of the hikers were rescued on trails around the Devil’s Bathtub before 10 a.m. Monday, May 25, 2020.

Emergency crews responded to the scene around 7:15 p.m. Sunday. Emergency crews say 20 people were rescued after being trapped on the trails after heavy rains that caused flash flooding.

Crews from multiple departments were called in to assist with the rescues, requiring various locations during the rescue operations.

At least two swift water rescue teams were called in from across southwest Virginia, including Appalachia Fire Department and Bristol, Virginia Fire Department.

Carter said only minor injuries, like mild hypothermia, were reported. Carter said they were treated at the scene.

According to the Fort Blackmore Volunteer Fire Department, the U.S. Forest Service closed Devil’s Bathtub for the remainder of the day.



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