Hiker injured on Pine Mountain, rescue operation mobilized

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GORHAM –– An injured hiker was carried off Pine Mountain Trail on Sunday after slipping on wet ground and injuring his leg.

Fish & Game Conservation Officers received a 911 call around noon reporting the incident, which took place about half a mile from Pine Mountain Road.

A rescue response was initiated involving conservation officers and volunteers from the Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue (AVSAR).

The injured hiker, identified as 56-year-old Andrew Pate of Portsmouth, had been on a day hike with his wife.

Other hikers who came upon the couple helped secure Pate’s leg and began assisting in carrying him down the trail.

The first rescuers arrived at approximately 1:30 p.m. and transferred Pate into a rescue litter. Three AVSAR volunteers, a conservation officer, and five other hikers helped carry Pate down to Pine Mountain Road.

Pate was then transported in a private vehicle to Pinkham B Road, where he was transferred into a Gorham Ambulance.

He was taken to Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin for treatment of his injury.

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