Corporal John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service said a 56-year-old Clinton, Connecticut man is recovering after being rescued from the Appalachian Trail (AT) near Rangeley, Maine on August 14, 2015.
AT hiker William Appleby used his emergency beacon to communicate that he was suffering from severe abdominal pain, possibly caused by food poising.
Rescuers responded at 2:30 AM and met with members of the Rangeley Fire Department to formulate search plans.
According to John MacDonald, searchers decided that a boat ride across Long Pond would be the fastest way to reach Appleby.
Local boat owner and nice person, Allie Ladd, graciously offered his boat and time to help the stranded hiker. Once across the pond, it was a ten-minute hike to the victim. Rescuers met the hiker at 5:30 AM. Paramedic Earle Albert provided medical care and comfort.
Once stable, Albert, Allie Ladd, and Game Warden Patrick Egan, carried Appleby to the boat and crossed Long Pond. Appleby was then given an ATV ride to a waiting ambulance at 7:00 AM, which brought him to Rumford Hospital for evaluation.
We commend Allie Ladd, and all those who sought and cared for William Appleby.
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