Acadia rangers aid two injured visitors in separate incidents

Posted May 11, 2014, at 5:25 p.m.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — It was a busy Mother’s Day for rangers in Acadia National Park on Sunday as they responded to aid two visitors in separate incidents.

An unidentified woman hiking on a trail on Acadia Mountain on the western side of the island fell and injured a leg and was unable to continue walking, reported Ed Pontbriand, a supervisory ranger. A member of her hiking group reported the injury at about 3:18 p.m.

As rangers were responding to the call, another caller to the park reported an elderly man suffering from an apparent heart attack on the Carriage Road in the area of Witch Hole Loop at about 3:31 p.m. The unidentified man was mountain biking, but two visitors found him semi-conscious in a ditch, according to Pontbriand.

Rangers were diverted from the first incident to aid the elderly visitor, and he was transported by Bar Harbor ambulance to Mount Desert Island Hospital and subsequently flown via helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

The rangers returned to assist the woman and were en route to the scene to provide assistance Sunday afternoon, Pontbriand reported.

They were in the process of responding with a wheeled litter to remove the woman, who was 1-2 miles from the nearest road, he said.

“We only have four rangers on duty today,” said Pontbriand. “We’re pretty thin.”

The pleasant weather drew a large number of visitors to the park Sunday, according to Pontbriand.

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