June 24, 2018
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Two Down East hikers lauded for assistance

By Sharon Kiley Mack, BDN Staff

GREAT WASS ISLAND, Maine — Two hikers provided invaluable assistance last week to the Maine Warden Service during a search for two lost women.

Anne Phillips and Jerry Anderson of Beals Island are credited with providing enough expert information about the trails on Great Wass Island that wardens were able to find the women within a few hours of their first distress call.

“We so appreciate their help,” Warden Service spokeswoman Deb Turcotte said Tuesday.

Rae Rowell, 49, of East Machias and Danielle Fuschetti, 21, who was visiting from New Jersey, called for help about 5 p.m. Thursday, July 2, telling emergency responders which trail they were on.

“They made three more calls, and the last call asked wardens to hurry up. Temperatures were in the low 50s and the women were cold,” Turcotte said. “The problem was, they were not on the trail they believed, and we could not use global positioning from their cell phone to locate them because of thick fog.”

Phillips and Anderson, who hike nearly daily in the area, approached the wardens on the search and offered suggestions about where the women might be.

“The lost women had panicked at one point and tried to cut through the woods to civilization,” Turcotte said.

“But with this couple’s help, wardens were able to locate the women. They were lost at 5 p.m., found by 8 p.m. and home by 10,” she said.

The women were treated at the scene for scrapes and cuts.

“It’s this type of kindness of people that help us do our job,” Turcotte said.

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