April 22, 2018
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Rangers, volunteers rescue Canadian hiker who fell on Knife Edge Trail in Baxter State Park

BDN File Photo by Aislinn Sarnacki | BDN
BDN File Photo by Aislinn Sarnacki | BDN
A teen fell and injured himself while hiking Saturday on Katahdin's Knife Edge Trail.
By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

BAXTER STATE PARK, Maine — Park workers and volunteers rescued an 18-year-old hiker after he was injured in a fall on Saturday, park Director Jensen Bissell said Sunday.

The unidentified hiker was on the Knife Edge Trail west of Pamola Peak when he fell. Park workers got the rescue call at about noon, Bissell said, and were helping him get to safety along Helon Taylor Trail at about 3 p.m., Bissell said.

The teen was off the mountain and trail by 9 p.m. Saturday and elected to get treatment for his injuries in Canada, Bissell said.

“These are the rescues we love to see,” Bissell said. “The winds are way too high to safely have a helicopter in. We have bad weather approaching tomorrow and this person was high up and in difficult terrain.”

“We like to see it when people can self-rescue — can stand up and walk out of the park under their own power,” Bissell added.

The rescue effort was slowed by the difficult terrain, the hiker’s injury and the margin needed to maintain safety, Bissell said.

Several rescue teams, including members of Mahoosuc Search and Rescue who were stationed at Chimney Pond this Labor Day weekend for just this kind of occurrence, assisted park workers, Bissell said.

The park “is pretty much full” of campers enjoying the holiday weekend, Bissell said.

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