State game wardens rescued two women who had medical issues and were stranded while hiking at the top of Black Mountain in Sullivan on Wednesday.
News Center Maine reported that Game Wardens Camden Akins and John Carter received the call at about 3:30 p.m. They hiked the mountain to Holly Gichel, 41, and Robin Sturtevant, 49, both of Augusta, then helped the hikers down the mountain on their backs through the rain.
According to the Ellsworth American, Sturtevant’s condition worsened. She became semi-conscious. Hearing a thunderstorm approaching, Akins and Carter alternated carrying Sturtevant down the mountain on their backs through the pouring rain.
Game Warden Sgt. Ralph Hosford and emergency rescue personnel from Sullivan and Gouldsboro fire departments carried stretchers down the Schoodic Beach Trail and met them. The hikers were then taken by ambulance to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth at 7:30 p.m., News Center Maine reported.
Correction: A previous version of this story misstated the location of Black Mountain.