Coast Guard Rescues Man Who Fell from Cliff in Maine

A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod is on scene Saturday, October 8, 2016 to hoist a climber from a cliff in Acadia National Park in Maine. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod is on scene Saturday, October 8, 2016 to hoist a climber from a cliff in Acadia National Park in Maine. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

BAR HARBOR, Maine -- A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod hoisted an injured man Saturday from a cliff near the Precipice Trail in Acadia National Park.

The rescue operation began about 1:45 p.m., when a watchstander from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, the agency responsible for coordinating inland search and rescue, called the Coast Guard after a National Park Service ranger reported a hiker fell from an 80-foot cliff.

A rescue team attempted to rappel down the cliff to provide medical assistance but needed help with extracting the man, whose name and age were not provided, to a landing zone for transfer to emergency services personnel, the Coast Guard said Sunday in a news release.

An MH-60 helicopter crew performed a safety evaluation and then hoisted the man into the aircraft.

After the rescue, the crew landed in a ball field in Bar Harbor to transfer the man to an awaiting ambulance.

The man was taken for treatment of an arm and leg injury to Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor.

Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod operates with MH-60T Jayhawk helicopters and HC-144A Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft, and it is the only Coast Guard aviation facility in the Northeast. The station is responsible for the waters from New Jersey to the Canadian border.

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