Wisconsin man dies from apparent heart attack while hiking Sally Mountain

Posted Aug. 12, 2011, at 6:55 p.m.

JACKMAN, Maine — The Maine Warden Service has located the body of a 53-year-old Wisconsin man who apparently was stricken by a heart attack Friday afternoon while hiking with his wife on Sally Mountain.

The man’s name was being withheld, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife spokeswoman Edie Smith said early Friday evening.

Both the search and the subsequent recovery operation, which was still under way early Friday evening, proved challenging because of the extreme denseness of the forest in that area and the location of the body near the top of Sally Mountain, Smith said.

A search for the man was launched about 2:10 p.m. after the Jackman Fire Department received a call reporting that the man was having a heart attack.

Because the victim’s exact location was not known, state game wardens began a ground search of the mountain’s many trails while a Maine Forest Service helicopter was called in to search from overhead, she said. A LifeFlight helicopter also was sent to the area, she said.

Also assisting were U.S. Border Patrol and the Jackman Fire Department.

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