Two injured hikers airlifted from Mount Katahdin
October 6 – Two injured hikers were airlifted from Mount Katahdin on Tuesday during simultaneous rescues using a Maine National Guard helicopter.
Rangers received reports of injured hikers, who were several kilometers apart on the mountain, an hour apart on Tuesday afternoon. The two hikers could not descend the mountain on their own.
The first person rescued was a 36-year-old woman from Auburn, Ga., Who sustained a lower limb injury while she was about 3 miles from the Abol Trail on the west side of the mountain, officials said. Park. A member of his three-person hiking party called 911 for help at 3 p.m. and two campground guards attended the scene.
A Black Hawk helicopter was called to hoist the hiker off the mountain and take her to Caribou Pit at approximately 6:40 pm From there, she was taken by ambulance to the Millinocket Regional Hospital for treatment.
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– Maine National Guard (@GuardMaine) October 6, 2021
After rescuing the woman from Georgia, the helicopter traveled to Dudley Trail, where park rangers were helping a 35-year-old man from Maine who had slipped and fell between two large boulders on the trail in the Great Basin towards 1:45 p.m.
The man dislocated his shoulder during the fall and was trapped until other hikers released him. They covered him in warm layers as his hiking partner walked about 4 miles to alert a ranger at the campsite in Roaring Brook around 4 p.m., park officials said. The injured man was moved to a stretcher and hoisted into the helicopter at around 7.45 p.m. He was also taken to Millinocket hospital.
Park officials did not provide details on the condition of either of the hikers.
They said the incidents were a reminder that hikers should never assume that an airlift will be available and should exercise “caution, especially during your descent, as the consequences of accidents become magnified as daylight and temperatures are dropping “.