May 24, 2018
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Rescuers get Baxter hiker safely to hospital

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

BAXTER STATE PARK, Maine ― Rescuers transported a 21-year-old Canadian man out of the park and to the hospital safely late Sunday after he fell ill after an ascent of Mount Katahdin, the park’s director said Monday.

Josh Sangster, 21, of New Brunswick was taken to Millinocket Regional Hospital at about 11:30 p.m., director Jensen Bissell said. A spokeswoman at the hospital said she had no information on the man’s condition on Monday afternoon.

Sangster, who has a physical disability Bissell declined to disclose, already had scaled Mount Katahdin and returned to Chimney Pond Campground on Saturday when he started to complain of sickness, Bissell said.

He stayed at the campground into Sunday, but it appeared that his condition deteriorated until park rangers, after consulting with the man’s family, decided the best course of action was to have him hospitalized, Bissell said.

Park rangers and volunteers with the Lincoln and wilderness search and rescue teams ― about 30 people in all ― took Sangster by stretcher down the 3.3 miles of difficult terrain from Chimney Pond to Roaring Brook Campground by 11:30 p.m., where an ambulance met them, Bissell said.

The rescue effort started at about dusk. Rescuers climbed about 1,400 feet between the campgrounds.

“It went great,” Bissell said Monday. “This was a combination of rescue crews and staff and it came off without a hitch. Everybody did well with it.”

It wasn’t the most treacherous of assignments, but was far from easy, Bissell said.

Members of various volunteer rescue teams from around the state typically camp at the park on weekends during camping season in case they are needed.

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