Head of Maine park: Hikers should stay on trail

The Associated Press
Posted June 01, 2010, at 9:55 a.m.

BAXTER STATE PARK, Maine — The head of Maine’s Baxter State Park says there are lessons to be learned after an Ohio man spent three days lost and injured in the wilderness.

Park Director Jensen Bissell says the biggest lesson for hikers following the ordeal of 41-year-old Michael Hays, of Stow, Ohio, is simple: Stay on the trails.

The second lesson is that cell phones won’t always help. Bissell says Hays was carrying a cell phone, but it didn’t work.

Hays was rescued Monday three days after he was last spotted on a park trail.

Hays was hospitalized with knee injuries. There’s no word on how Hays became lost.

Bissell says if people get hurt on the trails park staff will rescue them. For people who leave the trails, “all bets are off.”

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