Rescuers carry an injured hiker down Beech Mountain in Acadia National Park on Sunday afternoon. PHOTO COURTESY OF MDI SEARCH AND RESCUE

Search and Rescue, rangers carry injured hiker off trail

ACADIA NAT’L PARK — A 20-year-old woman who injured her ankle while hiking on Beech Mountain’s South Ridge Trail on Sunday afternoon was rescued by MDI Search and Rescue volunteers and Acadia National Park personnel.

It wasn’t safe for rescuers to walk while carrying the patient’s litter on some parts of the trail. So, in several places, they had to stand at the side and pass the litter hand over hand in a maneuver known as “caterpillaring.”

The whole operation took three hours, MDISAR President Davin O’Connell said.

After arriving at the bottom, she declined to be transported for medical care and signed a park “visitor assist waiver.” She was driven to her car and sought medical care on her own.

Eight Search and Rescue volunteers, five Acadia staff members and a Friends of Acadia Summit Steward (seasonal employee) took part in the rescue.

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]
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