Mass. man with knee problem carried off Appalachian Trail by rescuers, volunteers

Posted June 28, 2012, at 11:43 a.m.

TOWNSHIP 7, RANGE 9, Maine — A group of hikers and rescue personnel came to the aid of a Massachusetts man who reported he was not feeling well while hiking on the Appalachian Trail on Wednesday, the Maine Warden Service said Thursday.

Cpl. John MacDonald said that at about at 9 a.m. Wednesday hikers on the Appalachian Trail near Katahdin Ironworks came upon William Edwards, 55, of Orleans, Mass., who told them his knee replacement was causing him problems.

About 22 people aided in the carry-out effort, which started at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Columbus Mountain Gap. The group included Game Warden Sgt. Glenn Annis, Warden Dan Carroll, Maine Forest Service personnel, Greenville fire and rescue personnel, Appalachian Mountain Club volunteers, through-hikers and other volunteers.

The carry-out concluded at midnight despite difficult hiking conditions caused by heavy rain. Edwards, who is now in good condition, according to MacDonald, had planned to end his trip at Mount Katahdin.