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Game wardens rescue injured hiker in Aroostook State Park

The hiker was on the trail to the south peak in Aroostook State Park when she slipped on a snowy area and slid 40 feet down a vertical drop.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A hiker from Caribou was rescued by Maine game wardens on Friday after falling and injuring herself on a trail in Presque Isle.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says a 37-year-old woman was hiking with her sister and two children on the trail to the south peak in Aroostook State Park when she slipped on a snowy area and slid 40 feet down the mountain.  

Officials say the hiker suffered a possible broken hip, some facial lacerations, and was unable to walk. Conditions on the trail were slippery due to the falling snow and leaves on the trail.

The first game warden reached the hiker at approximately 3 p.m. and requested a helicopter to assist in lifting her out. However, due to snow and winds, neither the Maine Forest Service nor the National Guard could 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 ultimately carried her out the half-mile.

The carry-out lasted approximately an hour and a half, and once off the trail, the hiker was taken to a hospital in Presque Isle.

The hiker's name was not immediately released.

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