Wis. man who died from apparent heart attack while hiking Sally Mountain identified

Posted Aug. 13, 2011, at 3:28 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 15, 2011, at 10:33 a.m.

JACKMAN, Maine — A 53-year-old Wisconsin man who died from an apparent heart attack Friday afternoon while hiking with his wife on Sally Mountain has been identified by the Maine Warden Service.

Peter Goldberg of Mequon, Wis., was hiking and picking blueberries on Sally Mountain with his wife, Betsy, when he collapsed and died, according to Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife spokeswoman Edie Smith.

Goldberg and his wife have been longtime summer vacationers on Attean Pond, Smith stated in a press release.

The Maine Warden Service, Jackman Fire Department, a Department of Conservation’s Forest Service helicopter and U.S. Border Patrol located and recovered Goldberg’s body Friday night.

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. The body was transported down the mountain, reaching the base at approximately 10 p.m.

Both the search and subsequent recovery operation 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.

Goldberg’s body was transported to Giberson Funeral Home in Bingham were it will be examined, Smith said.

CORRECTION:

An early version of this story contained an inaccuracy. Peter Goldberg’s wife is named Betsy.

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