Game wardens rescue injured hiker in Aroostook State Park

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) – A 37-year-old female Caribou was rescued by Maine game wardens and Presque Isle Rescue staff after slipping and falling forty feet in a vertical drop in D ‘Aroostook yesterday afternoon.

Zara Gillis was hiking with her sister and two children on the trail to the south summit of Aroostook State Park when she slid over a snowy area half a mile from the trail and slipped forty feet down. Gillis suffered a possible hip fracture, facial lacerations and was unable to walk. Conditions on the trail were slippery due to falling snow and leaf cover on the trail.

Game Warden Alan Dudley was the first on the scene at 3:00 p.m. and asked a helicopter to help lift her, but due to snow and winds neither the Maine Forest Service nor the National Guard were were able to respond.

A team of seven game wardens and rescue personnel from the Presque Isle Police Department, Presque Isle Fire Department, Presque Isle Ambulance and volunteers were able to transport her half a mile into the laying down in a litter box and using ropes to help carry it – outside.

The operation lasted about an hour and a half and once off the runway, Gillis was rushed to AR Gould Hospital in Presque Isle.

No other information is available at the moment.

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