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Waterville Man Injured And Carried Out Of Gulf Hagas

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The Maine Warden Service helped to rescue a 38-year-old Waterville man who broke his ankle while hiking with friends in the Gulf Hagas area.

Joshua Steele was hiking the Rim Trail near the Jaws Waterfall in Gulf Hagas, with some friends, when he slipped on a rock and injured his ankle Sunday afternoon, June 16.

One of the members of his group hiked out of the woods and called for help from the North Maine Woods gatehouse in KI Township. Wardens responded with several volunteers from the Appalachian Mountain Club and first responders from the CA Dean ambulance in Greenville, and the Greenville Fire Department.

By the time rescuers reached Steele, it was dark. Medical personnel stabilized the injury and the crew placed Steele on a “stokes litter” and then proceeded to carried him over rugged terrain for about two miles to a waiting ATV.

Steele was then transported on a warden ATV for the last mile out of the woods to a waiting ambulance at approximately 4:30am Monday morning, 12 hours after the time of injury. He was then transported to CA Dean Hospital in Greenville for treatment.

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