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Hiker Dies Of Injuries Sustained In Fall

Acadia National Park

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A 22-year-old University of Maine student hiking the upper section of the Precipice Trail last Saturday morning fell approximately 60 feet to a trail below her location and suffered several serious injuries. Rangers responded to the report of the accident along with Lifeflight of Maine, Bar Harbor FD, Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue, and Acadia Mountain Guides. The Lifeflight helicopter landed on the summit of Champlain Mountain, dropping off critical supplies and paramedics and flight nurses. Medical personnel from several agencies provided advanced life support while technical rescue teams placed anchors and hauling systems above the woman to facilitate a vertical raise (none of the three hoist-capable helicopters from northern New England were available at the time). The woman was packaged in a litter, and, attended by two medics, was raised vertically approximately 250 feet to the summit of the mountain. She was then carried approximately a mile to the waiting Lifeflight helicopter and transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine. The rescue took five-and-a-half hours to complete and involved 39 responders and rescuers. Despite their efforts, she was pronounced dead by Eastern Maine medical staff shortly after 5 p.m. The Precipice Trail is a non-technical climbing route, reportedly the steepest non-technical trail in the National Park Service.  The trail follows rock ledges up the east face of Champlain Mountain and features iron-rung ladders and handrails to assist hikers.



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