ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — An Ellsworth woman had to be carried out of the park by rescue personnel on Sunday after she fell and fractured her ankle while hiking, according to a park ranger.
The 56-year-old woman was hiking alone on Bald Peak when the accident occurred around 2 p.m., Ranger Jason Flynn said Monday. In keeping with the national park’s policy on injured visitors, Flynn did not release the woman’s name.
He said she lost her balance when she stepped on a wet rock as she was hiking back down the mountain toward Route 198. She did not have a cellphone but, after a few minutes’ wait, was found by another hiker who did have a phone and called 911.
Flynn said six rangers and seven volunteers with Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue responded to the call and loaded the woman in a litter before carrying her a half-mile to a carriage road, where an ambulance from Northeast Harbor was waiting. He said the steepness of the trail required the rescue team to use a belay to lower the litter along part of the trail.
The ranger said the rescue effort took about 90 minutes. The woman was taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth because she lives in Ellsworth, he said.
Flynn said the woman was dressed appropriately for the hike, but added that people should always taken precautions before going into Acadia. It is better to hike with someone else, he said, but people who hike solo should tell someone else of their plans and let that person know when they have returned from their outing.