April 23, 2018
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70-year-old hiker rescued after falling near Bass Harbor Lighthouse

By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff

TREMONT, Maine — A 70-year-old woman was injured after hiking alone by Bass Harbor Lighthouse on Friday.

It took rescue searchers about an hour and a half to find the unidentified woman who called 911 on an untraceable TracFone, according to Ed Pontbriand, a park ranger and emergency services coordinator for Acadia National Park. TracFones, a brand of prepaid cellphone, do not have GPS capabilities, Pontbriand said.

The woman suffered a head and hip injury after she fell on a cobble beach about one mile northeast of the lighthouse.

When park rangers and Southwest Harbor EMS found the woman, she was treated on the scene and loaded onto a stretcher where she waited for the Tremont harbor master boat to arrive at the rocky beach. She was then transferred to a lobsterman’s boat, which brought her to a Bass Harbor boat dock. The woman was then taken by ambulance to Mount Desert Island Hospital.

No other details were available.

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