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Update: Climbing guide, customers hurt in Otter Cliffs fall

Written by  Earl Brechlin Monday, June 17, 2013 at 10:40 am
Emergency responders work to rescue two people who fell approximately 25 feet off Otter Cliffs in Acadia National Park on Sunday afternoon. Emergency responders work to rescue two people who fell approximately 25 feet off Otter Cliffs in Acadia National Park on Sunday afternoon. PHOTO COURTESY ANP

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK – A rock climbing guide and two customers were injured when the rope they were using to scale Otter Cliffs here broke around 10 a.m. Sunday morning. All three fell about 25 feet, rangers said.

According to Ranger reports, a climbing rope apparently abraded where it went over the edge of the ocean side cliffs. The victims suffered broken bones and other non-life threatening injuries.

Located along the Ocean Drive, Otter Cliffs is a popular technical climbing and sightseeing area.

Park rangers, area first responders and member of Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue participated. The U.S. Coast Guard and Bar Harbor Police boat stood by but surf conditions precluded evacuating the victims by sea.

Rangers, assisted by other rescuers and members of the technical climbing community in the area rigged a system of ropes to haul the injured up the cliffs. They were on their way to the hospital by early afternoon.

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Earl Brechlin

Earl Brechlin

Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago – and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.

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