Bangor man breaks both legs in fall from Kenduskeag Stream Park observation deck

Posted April 17, 2012, at 10:14 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor man broke both of his legs Tuesday evening in a fall from an observation deck at Kenduskeag Stream Park.

The injured man was identified as Ryan King, 35, Bangor police Sgt. Larry Weber said Tuesday night.

After King was rescued by members of the Bangor Fire Department tactical rescue team, who were assisted by police, he was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center, where a nursing supervisor said he still was being evaluated Tuesday night.

Assistant Chief Rick Cheverie of the Bangor Fire Department said that King was standing on a concrete deck overlooking Kenduskeag Stream about 7 p.m. when he decided he wanted to get to a lower vantage point. King reportedly went under the railing surrounding the deck and then jumped.

Instead of landing where he planned to, however, King plunged to the stream, a distance of about 12 to 15 feet, Cheverie said. He said that King did not land in the stream but that rescuers were told by a person who was with King that part of his head went into the water.

Weber said that a police report by Officer James Decker, who was at the scene during the rescue, indicated that King appeared to be pinned between two large rocks when emergency rescue personnel arrived.

Cheverie said that because the spot King landed in was down a steep embankment, rescuers had to use a basket attached to ropes to help those who were carrying King get back up over the hill, where an ambulance was waiting.

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