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Injured hiker rescued from Acadia National Park

3:18 PM, Oct 5, 2013   |    comments
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MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Portland, Maine woman was rescued from a closed national park after becoming injured.

According to Ranger Edward Pontbriand, a 69 year-old woman from Portland was hiking along the Flying Mountain of Acadia National Park when she fell down and cut her knee open.  Unable to walk out of the park, she called 9-1-1 at 11am Saturday morning.

Because the park is closed due to the government shutdown, only a skeleton crew of 4 rangers were onsite when the call came in.  Those rangers contacted Mount Desert Island's search and rescue group, as well as first responders from Southwest Harbor for assistance.

After a laborious extraction, the victim was placed in a ambulance and transported to Mount Desert Island hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities say though she 'violated the closure' by ignoring park closed signs, no charges will be filed.

Ranger Pontbriand asks people to obey the signs of the closure and stay off the trails until the shutdown is over.  He says their skeleton crew, as shown by Saturday's rescue, is proof that they are not ready for these types of operations.

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