Hiker rescued by helicopter crew from Knife’s Edge at Katahdin

Thu, 09/21/2023 - 7:45pm

MILLINOCKET — A female hiker, 43, suffered a broken ankle Sept. 20 on Katahdin's Knife Edge, leading Baxter State Park staff to request aviation assets from the Maine Army National Guard.

Bangor's Army Aviation Support Facility received the request at 4:42 p.m. and immediately began assembling a flight crew, according to a Sept. 21 news release from the Maine National Guard. A UH-60 Black Hawk departed the AASF at 5:37 p.m. and was on station at 6:44 p.m.

With the help of her party, the patient was able to relocate to an area below the cloud cover, near the intersection of the Helon Taylor and Knife Edge trails, enabling a safe extraction. The patient was then cable-hoisted to the aircraft and transported to Millinocket Municipal Airport, where she was transferred to an ambulance.

"Having the ability to request federal resources for rescues in Baxter State Park is crucial to the timely extraction from a high mountain wilderness environment," said Kevin Adam, director of Baxter State Park, in the release.

"We're glad to have been a part of this success story, working alongside Baxter staff and local first responders," said Maj. Gen. Douglas Farnham, Maine's adjutant general. "On top of our federal mission, it's our privilege to be able to support our neighbors and communities. Our men and women train hard to live up to our motto of 'Always Ready, Always There.'"