ORLAND — Maine game wardens rescued two Ellsworth women Saturday night after they became lost on Great Pond Mountain in Orland.
Patricia Mason, 36, and Kathy Doyle, 60, hiked the mountain Saturday afternoon, but darkness descended before they headed back down from the summit, according to a statement from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The hikers could not find the trail back down.
At approximately 5:10 p.m., the Hancock Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from Mason on her cell phone stating that she and Doyle were lost on Great Pond Mountain.
Using the GPS coordinates of the 911 cell phone call, three game wardens and two Hancock County sheriff’s deputies located the women’s vehicle at the Don Fish trail head. They hiked the mountain and located Mason and Doyle near the summit. With temperature in the 20s, and hypothermia a concern, the hikers had built a small fire to keep them warm.
The group extinguished the fire with snow, and the wardens, deputies and the two women hiked down the mountain to their vehicle.
“Before heading out, it’s always important to tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return,” said Game Warden Sgt. Ralph Hosford of the Maine Warden Service. “Make sure you take enough food, water, and clothing in case you have an unexpected stay in the woods. It’s also important to stay calm if you become lost as the decisions you make could save your life when the weather changes. Start a small fire if possible, it can provide warmth, a signal for rescuers, and can help you stay calm and focused if lost.”