UPDATE 6:45 a.m. – The Bristol Virginia Professional Fire Fighters Association has also sent personnel up to the Devil’s Bathtub to assist in rescue efforts.
According to a post from the association, Virginia Task Force 4 is responding to the trail on Monday morning to assist due to the rising flood waters.
UPDATE 11:30 p.m. — According to the Fort Blackmore VFD, 8 hikers have been rescued, around 20 are still stranded.
UPDATE 10:30 p.m. — There are 12-20 people currently stranded in the Devil’s Bathtub area, according to the Fort Blackmore VFD. This is an increase in 12 stranded hikers originally reported.
FORT BLACKMORE, Va. (WJHL) — The Fort Blackmore Volunteer Fire Department along with the Duffield Fire and Rescue are responding to an incident involving 12 stranded hikers at the Devil’s Bathtub area, according to a Facebook post from the Fort Blackmore Volunteer Fire Department.
According to the post, Sunday’s thunderstorms in the area caused the surrounding creeks to rise, resulting in 12 stranded hikers in different locations on the trail.
The hikers remain stranded. According to Fort Blackmore VFD, rising and swift waters are making the rescue difficult to reach the hikers.
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