Hikers missing in Tennessee woods during freezing temperatures rescued by THP

(Tennessee Highway Patrol)

The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) was able to help a couple and their dog who went missing while hiking during bitter cold temperatures.

The husband and wife became lost and couldn't find their vehicle on Saturday at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Scott County. They were forced to stay in the woods overnight.

The couple called their daughter the Sunday morning to say they were trying to find their way out, but a search was prompted when the couple didn't make it back to their vehicle.

Due to the sub-freezing temperatures and rugged terrain, rangers requested air support.

After about an hour and a half of searching, THP aviation located the woman and the dog. THP said the woman had frostbite and was disoriented when she was found.

The wife had apparently become separated from her husband and told THP officers he was "lying on the ground somewhere and not doing well." The husband was eventually found and flown to a hospital in serious condition.

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