Maine Rescuers Carry Injured Hiker for Nearly 5 Hours - News - @ JEMS.com


Maine Rescuers Carry Injured Hiker for Nearly 5 Hours

This is the fourth time in recent weeks rescuers had to carry a hiker off Acadia Mountain


 
 

Sun Journal | | Monday, July 9, 2012


ACADIA NATIONAL PARK -- For the fourth time in the past couple of weeks, rescue personnel had to carry an injured hiker off Acadia Mountain, according to a park official.

The latest such incident occurred Thursday evening when a 43- year-old woman from Virginia injured her upper right leg while hiking on the eastern side of the mountain, overlooking Somes Sound, Ranger Brian Dominy said Friday evening. In keeping with the park's policy, Dominy did not release the woman's name.

Dominy, who said he did not have a lot of details about the incident, indicated that the injury occurred on a steep, physically demanding trail around 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Seven members of Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue and six park rangers responded and secured the hiker in a litter, he said. The response crew carried the woman down a south-facing trail that connects Acadia Mountain to St. Saveur Mountain and then out a fire road that connects the trail to Route 198.

By the time the party got to the highway, it was 10 p.m., the ranger said.

"It was a fairly long trip," he said.

A waiting ambulance took the woman to MDI Hospital in Bar Harbor to be evaluated. Dominy said he did not know on Friday evening what the woman's status was.

The ranger said the carry-out is the fourth such rescue of an injured hiker on Acadia Mountain since approximately mid-May. He said he is not sure why there have been several injuries on the mountain, but added that there seem to be more in the park in general so far this summer.

"It just seems to be a popular mountain this year," he said.

Dominy said wet weather this past month may be a factor in hikers slipping and hurting themselves. He stressed that hikers should wear sturdy shoes intended for trail use and be prepared.

Park officials have said hikers should carry maps, headlamps and water with them, and perhaps a cellphone, even though cellphone coverage in the park can be spotty.



Copyright © 2013 LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Terms and Conditions | Privacy Policy


Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: News, hikers, rescue

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Buyer's Guide Featured Companies

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Improving Survival from Cardiac Arrest Using ACD-CPR + ITD

Using active compression-decompression CPR with an ITD has been shown to improve 1-year survival from cardiac arrest by 33%.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Philadelphia Fire Department Apologizes for Medic’s Jab at Police

Union head calls photos a slap in the face of officers.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

D.C. Fire and EMS Crews Blame New Technology for Patient’s Death

Delayed response blamed on recurring dispatch problems.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Suspect Steals, Crashes Maryland Ambulance

One killed, others injured in Prince George’s County crash.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Truck Strikes Pedestrians in Scotland

Six killed in downtown Glasgow.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Tennessee Trench Rescue

Worker pulled from Roane County worksite.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Time’s Ebola Firefighters

Doctors, nurses and others saluted for fighting virus.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >