Rhode Island hiker rescued after 40-foot fall on AT

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Responders assist an injured Rhode Island hiker after she fell on the AT. (Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife photo)

REDINGTON TWP, Maine - Maine Game Wardens and rescue personnel from several agencies responded to an Rhode Island hiker who was injured when she fell on a remote section of the Appalachian Trail in Redington Township on Wednesday,

The hiker, identified as Emma Sonberg, 25, fell some 40 feet as she attempted to scale a steep section of the trail where it crosses Orbeton Stream around 4:30 p.m. Sonberg sustained a serious injury to her right arm along with scrapes and bruising.

Sonberg was able to notify authorities by activating an emergency locator beacon she carried with her. Doing this provided an accurate GPS coordinate to the International Emergency Response Coordination Center, leading rescuers directly to her location. Sonberg was stabilized and eventually able to walk a mile to a game warden vehicle where she was then driven to an awaiting ambulance at about 8:30 p.m.

Sonberg was transported to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington.

Three Maine Game Wardens, Kingfield Fire, Franklin Search and Rescue, NorthStar EMS, and a local civilian volunteer all assisted with this rescue.


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