Injured teen hiker Lifeflighted after fall from 30-foot cliff

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Maine Game Wardens and emergency rescue personnel attend to an injured Antonio Jacobs alongside Moxie Stream as they prepare to extract him out of Moxie Gorge.(Maine Game Wardens photo)

MOXIE GORE TWP, Maine - The Maine Warden Service and civilian volunteers rescued an injured hiker who had to be Lifeflighted after he slipped and fell 30 feet down an embankment into Moxie Gorge this afternoon.

Antonio Jacobs, 18, of China, Maine, was hiking with three friends at Moxie Falls at approximately 4:30 p.m. when he slipped and fell 30 feet down an embankment to the edge of Moxie Stream at the base of the falls. Moxie Falls is Maine's highest waterfall, dropping over 90 feet.

Jacobs was immobile and unable to move due to his injuries. He was loaded into a Stokes Rescue Basket, was extracted out of the gorge by 7 p.m., and then flown by Lifeflight Helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center for abrasions, and injuries to his ankle, knee and ribs.

Also assisting in the rescue effort were the Maine Border Patrol, Maine Forest Service, West Forks Fire and Rescue and Upper Kennebec Ambulance.

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