Rangers Assist Ailing Hiker on Thanksgiving

ACADIA NAT’L PARK — A woman experiencing a heart problem was helped down from a hiking trail on Cadillac Mountain here on Thanksgiving.

According to Ranger Richard Rechholtz, the 52-year-old area resident used a cell phone to call for help around 4 p.m. She was descending the North Ridge Trail and was about a mile away from the road.

“We made a fast, very quick decision to assist her down while we had light instead of waiting 30 minutes for a carry out team,” Ranger Recholtz said.

Rangers and Bar Harbor firefighters escorted the woman, who was able to walk on her own, to the road and a waiting Bar Harbor Ambulance.

She was taken to the Mount Desert Island Hospital Emergency Room in Bar Harbor for evaluation and initial treatment. The trail was icy and one firefighter fell twice, according to reports.

Later, the hiker was taken by Lifeflight helicopter ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

“We were very, very lucky it turned out like it did. This could have turned bad real quick,” Ranger Rechholtz said.

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