Crews make two rescues at McAfee Knob trail in Roanoke County

Day hikers should always follow these safety tips

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Roanoke County Fire & Rescue crews say they were dispatched twice to McAfee Knob for two separate rescues on Tuesday. 

The first was a man who hurt his knee while hiking. Crews found him and carried him off the trail.

The second rescue was a hiker who became lost on the trail and called for help.

Once crews located where he was, they escorted him back to the parking area.

Roanoke County Fire & Rescue says ay hikers should always follow these safety tips:

  • Pick a trail that meets your fitness ability

  • Plan/prepare for your hike, take a map of trail

  • Take a buddy

  • Tell someone where you are going

  • Bring a fully charged cell phone

  • Stay on marked trails

  • Dress in layers, avoid cotton, have rain gear

  • Carry plenty of water and snacks

  • Never climb on waterfalls

  • Carry a whistle (three short blasts=sign of distress)