Thursday, 05 July 2018 20:26

Game Wardens rescue hikers battling excessive heat on Appalachian Trail

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Game Wardens rescue hikers battling excessive heat on Appalachian Trail

APPALACHIAN TRAIL - Maine Game Wardens are asking adventurers to be prepared, especially for above-average temperatures, after rescuing several hikers on the Appalachian Trail over the past few days.

Thursday morning, Game Wardens from the Greenville area along with local fire fighters and EMS personnel responded to an area near the Wilson Valley Lean-to along the trail.

There they found a 21-year-old woman who had been hiking southbound and was complaining of nausea.

She was treated on scene then taken to the C.A. Dean Hospital to be evaluated.

Just two days prior, an elderly man was pulled off the trail and hospitalized after suffering from heat exhaustion.

Wardens say the 67-year-old activated a GPS locator which helped authorities get to him.

Wardens provided safety tips for anyone looking to navigate Maine's 100-mile wilderness.

  • Always have detailed hiking plans and leave them with someone who is trustworthy.
  • Be sure to have several days of food, water, and basic survival equipment.
  • Stay on marked trails and do not take shortcuts.
  • Stay up to date on the weather. During extreme heat, hikers should allow themselves more time. Also, thunderstorms can raise stream and river levels in localized areas and can create delays for hikers.
  • Hikers should invest in satellite based GPS communication devices, especially in remote areas. This technology allows family to track and communicate with those who are hiking.


Kayla Fish

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Kayla joined the ABC 7 & FOX 22 news team in May of 2017. She got into journalism because she loves talking with people, and she's incredibly grateful to share the stories of Mainers throughout the region.

She got her start in broadcasting way back in middle school as a member of a morning announcements TV broadcast club, and her love for the news industry took off from there.

Kayla graduated from Penn State University in 2017 with degrees in broadcast journalism and Spanish. During her time as a student at Penn State, Kayla was an executive producer and reporter for the "Centre County Report", an Emmy award-winning student-run newscast. She studied abroad in Ronda, Spain and traveled to Panama with an international reporting class. Kayla kept busy in college, spending four years working as a student manager in the dining hall.

Kayla grew up in the village of Shawnee-on-Delaware, located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, so transitioning into life in Vacationland was a piece of cake! A self-described winter fanatic, she loves all things snow related, including hitting the slopes on her snowboard. She also likes hiking, kayaking or doing anything outdoors. She loves meeting new people so if you see her around, be sure to stop and say hi!

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