National Guard helicopter used to rescue Maine hiker

The Associated Press
Posted Sept. 14, 2009, at 9:52 a.m.

BAXTER STATE PARK, Maine — A hiker has been rescued by a National Guard helicopter in Maine’s Baxter State Park after injuring his leg.

Sixty-one-year-old Dale Rice of Winthrop was airlifted out of the park Saturday after he fell and hurt his leg atop Owl Peak.

Park rangers say the National Guard was training in the area with a Black Hawk helicopter, which was used to bring Rice off the mountain. The rangers said the rescue effort could have taken more than 24 hours and involved up to 40 people had the helicopter not been available.

The peak is at an elevation of 3,627 feet with a trail about 2.5 miles long that goes from the base of the mountain at Katahdin Stream.

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