Rescuers at Otter Cliffs in Acadia during a previous rescue of an injured climber.

Trio of rescues kick off holiday weekend



ACADIA NATIONAL PARK – A technical climber who fell 65-feet off Otter Cliffs around 8 a.m. was just the first of three near-simultaneous rescues here on Friday morning.

Rangers were called to Otter Cliffs in response to reports that a 32 year-old man, no listed address, had fallen and suffered serious leg injuries. He was climbing with a female companion at the time.

The man landed on flat granite ledges at the bottom of the cliffs are the very edge of the sea. Because of the difficulty of extricating an injured person from that location, the decision was made to package him in a litter and transfer him to a waiting U.S. Coast Guard vessel.

Bar Harbor police and paramedics also responded in the town’s emergency boat. Members of Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue responded as did Bar Harbor Fire Department personnel.

The coast guard took him to a nearby boat landing where he was transferred to a Lifeflight helicopter and flown to Eastern Maine Medical Center.

His injuries were not considered life threatening, according to reports.

The cause of the fall is still under investigation. “It appears to be some kind of belay issue,” an on-scene ranger said. He noted the man was not wearing a climbing helmet.

As the rescue was underway at Otter Cliffs, a 60 year-old man fell while walking on rough bedrock along the Ocean Path nearby. He suffered a lower-leg injury, that required that he be carried up to the Ocean Drive and put in an ambulance for a ride to the Mount Desert Island Hospital Emergency Room in Bar Harbor.

As the first two rescues were wrapping up, ranger received a call that an 18-month-old had hurt his leg while hiking with his parents on Acadia Mountain. Rangers and Mount Desert Ambulance rushed to the trailhead where they met the parents who had carried the boy down the trail. No other details of that incident were available.

Earl Brechlin

Earl Brechlin

Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.
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