June 21, 2018
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60-year-old man rescued in Acadia

By Tim Cox, BDN Staff

BAR HARBOR, Maine — Park rangers assisted by emergency responders rescued a man in Acadia National Park who appeared to be suffering a heart attack on Friday afternoon.

Park rangers were notified about 2:30 p.m. by a 911 call from a person hiking on Beech Mountain that a 60-year-old man appeared to be having a heart attack, Ed Pontbriand, supervisory park ranger, said Saturday.

Rangers responded along with the Northeast Harbor Ambulance Service, Mt. Desert Fire Department, and Mt. Desert Island Search and Rescue. They staged in a parking lot at Beech Mountain, then some of them hiked to where the man was located, near an abandoned fire tower.

The man was sitting in the shade, conscious, but experiencing considerable chest pain, according to Pontbriand.

“He definitely was not going to walk out,” he said.

Paramedics helped stabilize the man.

A LifeFlight helicopter landed in a blueberry field near the parking lot, and LifeFlight personnel were taken to the parking lot and then walked in to assist.

The man was put on a wheeled litter and carried out to the parking lot, then taken by ambulance to Mt. Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor at about 5 p.m.

Further information about the man was not available.

Watch bangordailynews.com for updates.

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