Woman rescued after being stuck for 12 days in Smokies

TOWNSEND (WATE) – A woman was rescued Monday after being stranded in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for about 12 days.

Park spokesperson Dana Soehn says the 44-year-old woman made a distress call to Blount County dispatchers around 6 a.m. Monday. Dispatchers then passed the information along to rangers.

She was found near the entrance to Foothills Parkway and the interchange with U.S. Highway 321.

Soehn says the woman was not prepared to camp or stay overnight and may have been mentally unstable.

The woman was taken to Blount Memorial Hospital for medical and psychiatric evaluations. Officials said she had symptoms of hypothermia and exposure.

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