Acadia rangers carry injured hiker out of park

Posted June 06, 2014, at 4:05 p.m.

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — A woman from St. Louis, Missouri, was carried out of the park during a four-and-a-half-hour rescue effort Thursday afternoon, according to a park ranger.

The woman, 50, was hiking with her husband along Valley Peak Trail on Saint Sauveur Mountain when she injured her ankle, Ranger Brian Dominy said Friday. In keeping with the park’s policy about injured visitors, Dominy did not release the name of the woman.

The ranger said the couple was hiking in wet conditions, which likely contributed to the accident. They had a cellphone and called 911 around 12:10 p.m. to report she had fallen, Dominy said.

Rangers and other rescue personnel responded and, after loading the woman into a litter, they carried her down the northern slope of the mountain to the Man O’ War Brook fire road and then to Route 102, where an ambulance from the town of Mount Desert was waiting.

It was about 4:45 p.m. by the time the group arrived with the woman at the ambulance, Dominy said.

From there, she was taken to Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor to be treated for her injury, which Dominy said was thought to be either a sprained or fractured ankle.

Dominy said the wet conditions likely made the carryout effort longer than it would have been otherwise. He estimated that park rangers have carried out about “half a dozen” injured hikers so far this spring.

 

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