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Missing man in Great Smoky Mountains National Park describes near-death experience

Posted on AllSides April 18th, 2024

Lying by a riverbed, falling in and out of consciousness after losing a life-threatening amount of blood, a missing hiker in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park had what he called an “out of body experience.” Jacob Riggs, 35, of Knoxville, went for a hike to his usual camping spot on top of a mountain ridge in the Tremont, Tennessee, area of the national park on Monday, April 8. He wasn’t seen again until April 10. According to park rangers, after a search and rescue operation was initiated, a park...

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