By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter
TELLICO PLAINS (WATE) - A woman who went missing Tuesday, was rescued by a search party who found her shivering and alone in the woods.
A Tellico Plains couple located Lycebeth Loy, 44, after they volunteered to search for her on the mountain.
"I prayed and asked God to give us the strength to be able to search for her and to be able to find her," Trishe Williams said.
Williams and her husband Jeff were getting ready to have an early Thanksgiving dinner with her father Wednesday when they learned about the search effort for Loy.
"I just couldn't do Thanksgiving dinner with dad knowing somebody was out there in trouble so we had to go help," Trishe Williams said.
The rescue effort was already underway by multiple agencies including the Monroe County Rescue Squad, the Rafter Fire Department and the Tellico Plains Fire Department, among others.
Authorities said Loy was visiting family for Thanksgiving when she fell while taking a walk in the forest and was unable to find her way out.
Trishe Williams said they were searching the area near Loy's family's home when they heard Loy cry out for help.
"She was saying, ‘Help,' and actually then I cried and said thank God for helping lead us to her," Trishe Williams said.
Trishe Williams said Loy had been outside on the snowy ground for about 18 hours before she was found.
The Williams gave Loy their coats and shirts to keep her warm.
"She said she might have frost bite on her fingers," Trishe Williams said. "Her gloves were soaked so while we were waiting I took her gloves and put some dry gloves on her."
Trishe Williams ended up needing some assistance herself because of the cold weather but she said she quickly recovered with the help of the rescue team.
"The EMS took care of me, gave me some oxygen," Trishe Williams said. "This will be a Thanksgiving to remember for years."
Loy was flown to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga where she was treated for hypothermia and possible frostbite. She is listed in fair condition.
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