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Two Rescued Following Separate Falling Incidents

Acadia National Park

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Rangers rescued two people seriously injured in separate falling accidents last week. On the afternoon of June 8th, a 19-year-old Massachusetts man was jumping around on the rocks near the summit of Acadia Mountain with friends when he slipped and fell approximately 10 feet off a boulder, then rolled down the steep mountainside for an additional 75 feet. Rangers and the Mount Desert Island (MDI) SAR team set up a series of low angle raises and lowers to get him back onto the trail and then down the steep trail to the trailhead. He sustained head trauma, facial injuries, and a broken neck in the fall. Two days later, on the afternoon of June 10th, rangers received a 911 call reporting that a 23-year-old woman had fallen approximately 30 to 35 feet. Upon arrival, they found that the Montana woman had been bouldering (rock climbing without ropes) on the sea stack at Monument Cove, located along the park’s rocky shoreline.  It was her first time climbing. At a distance of 30 to 35 feet above the ground, she fell from the rock face and landed on the cobblestone beach below. After a technical rope rescue by park rangers and MDI SAR, she was flown from the scene by a Life Flight helicopter.  The woman sustained extensive injuries, including a broken neck, a basal skull fracture, a broken collar bone, bilateral ankle fractures, and thoracic bleeding.


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