Hiker rescued after falling off cliff in below-freezing weather

It was a miraculous start to 2018.

A woman who was hiking in below-freezing temperatures in Kentucky was rescued more than 12 hours after she fell off a cliff.

She told other hikers she had slipped about 6 p.m. Sunday while climbing a rock on The Pinnacles trail. She was found at approximately 7:45 a.m. on New Year's Day.

It is believed she slipped around 50 feet.

"We had gotten to the end of East Pinnacle and we were stopping for a picture, so it was all quiet," hiker Philip Bagnoli told WPSD. "And we heard just kind of a light moan from somewhere below the cliff, and so we called out and said hello. And the voice of the hiker got louder, and we realized that there was someone who had fallen off the cliff."

It was 9 degrees in Berea overnight, with windchill dropping that to minus 6 degrees, according to WKYT. Berea Fire Battalion Chief Doug Sandlin initially believed the call was a hoax since he didn't think anyone would be hiking in the cold.

"She’s lucky I think," Bagnoli told WKYT. "I don't know the full extent of her situation but she’s lucky to be doing as well as she is after being out here all night, after suffering such a steep fall."

The hiker's name and condition have not been released.

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