July 5, 2010

Cranberry Peak Carry-out

Rescuers from a number of local emergency-response teams responded to a hiker in need in the Bigelow Range near Stratton last Monday. The 17 year-old girl from Utah was hiking with friends on the Cranberry Peak Trail when she began experiencing seizures. Fortunately her friends were able to obtain a cell phone signal and could contact the authorities for help. A Northstar Ambulance crew was the first team to make contact with the patient around 12:30 p.m. As more rescuers arrived the patient was loaded into a litter basket for the trip to the ambulance located at the trail-head. About 25 people took turns carrying the patient an estimated 1.5 miles down the trail. A rope belay was used to secure the litter for 2 different steep sections of trail. High humidity and temperatures in the 90’s made the relatively short carry-out a challenge.  The rescue took about 3.5 hours and included volunteers from Eustis Fire Department, Carrabassett FD and Franklin Search & Rescue.

Jake and Sprague run the litter belay

Northstar EMT Vanessa stayed at the patient's head monitoring her condition for the entire carry-out.
  Bob and Pat lead the way

Bob gets a cool-down from Sprague at the trail-head after successfully completing the mission.