Hiker from North Carolina rescued from Appalachian Trail after breaking an ankle

North Carolina

Photo provided by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

MOUNT ABRAM TOWNSHIP, Maine (AP) — An Appalachian Trail hiker from North Carolina has been rescued after a nearly 11-hour rescue operation by Maine game wardens and about 35 first responders.

Richard Sullivan, 65, fell Wednesday on Spaulding Mountain and broke his ankle, according to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Sullivan and his son, Daniel Sullivan, 36, were attempting to hike the entire Appalachian Trail from Stone Mountain, Georgia, to Mount Katahdin in Maine.

The pair was in a remote section of the Appalachian Trail where access is difficult and trail conditions at the time were wet, rocky and steep.

Rescuers formed a human chain after reaching Sullivan and passed him in a rescue litter basket up a bypass trail and up Sugarloaf Mountain to an awaiting vehicle.

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