Coast Guard assists in rescue of Maine rock climber

BOSTON – A Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor 25-foot response boat rescued an injured rock climber at Acadia National Park, Maine, Thursday at 11:34 a.m.

A U.S. National Park Service Ranger, who is also a Coast Guard Auxiliarist, called the Station at 10:34 a.m. to report a 35-year-old woman fell 20 feet from Otter Cliffs within the park and required medical attention.

The woman, who suffered a head injury, was easily accessible by the Coast Guard boat, which was the safest, quickest option to transport her to proper medical care. A Park Ranger went on the boat to attend to the patient.

The Coast Guard boat crew arrived at Seal Harbor within the Park at 11:41 a.m., when the patient was transferred to a waiting ambulance and taken to Bar Harbor Memorial Hospital.

Seas were calm, with ten miles visibility and 10-knot winds.

Her current condition is unknown.

“As the Park Service explained to us at the time, the woman was in no position to climb back up the cliff to get out of the area,” said Mr. Kenneth Stuart, a Coast Guard Sector Northern New England search and rescue specialist. “We all felt the best way to get this person help was to use the Southwest Harbor boat, and we are glad we could help get her to a hospital.”

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