Hiker injured in Kilkenny, rescued by conservation officers

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KILKENNY –– A hiker on Bunnell Notch Trail was injured and rescued on Sunday afternoon, according to Fish & Game Conservation Officers.

Scott Briggs, 37, of Windham, ME, was reported injured at approximately 2:15 p.m. via a 911 call.

Briggs had been descending the trail when he tripped and suffered an unknown leg injury.

Conservation Officers and volunteers from Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue (AVSAR) responded to the injury report, initiating a rescue.

Briggs, who had been hiking with a group of ten, had his leg splinted by a member of his party while they awaited rescue.

Earlier in the day, Briggs and his group had set off from the Unknown Pond Trailhead off York Pond Road in Berlin.

The injury occurred after they had completed approximately 7.8 miles of a 10.6-mile loop consisting of Unknown Pond Trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail, and Bunnell Notch Trail.

The quickest route to Briggs’s location was via the old Mt. Cabot Trail from East Lancaster, up to the Kilkenny Ridge Trail to the Bunnell Notch Trail, totaling approximately 2.8 miles.

Conservation Officers were able to use ATVs to access within 1.5 miles of Briggs, while other rescuers hiked the entire distance.

Rescuers arrived on the scene, packaged Briggs into a litter, and began the carryout at 6:30 p.m.

He was carried down the trail to the ATVs, arriving at 7:40 p.m. Briggs was then placed on the back of an ATV and driven to Community Camp Road, where he was transferred to the Lancaster Ambulance at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Briggs was subsequently transported to Weeks Medical Center for treatment of his injury. The exact nature of his leg injury has not been disclosed.

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