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October 3, 2012

Woman falls from cliff at Camden Hills State Park

The woman fell about 60 feet while climbing near Maiden Cliff.

By Dennis Hoey
Staff Writer

CAMDEN — A 27-year-old woman, who fell about 60 feet while climbing on cliffs at Camden Hills State Park Tuesday afternoon, was rescued by members of Camden First Aid and taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockland.

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In this 1990 file photo, hikers enjoy the views from the summit of Mt. Megunticook at Camden Hills State Park. A woman fell about 60 feet from park's cliffs on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012.

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Julia Libby, the director of Camden First Aid, said it took her team of technical rock climbers and paramedics about 20 minutes to reach the woman, who had been rock climbing on cliffs just below Maiden Cliff – a steep promontory overlooking Megunticook Lake and Route 52.

Maiden Cliff is part of the Camden Hills State Park trail system and is known for a cross that sits atop the rocky summit.

Libby said the woman had been rock climbing with students from Unity College when she fell about 60 feet. She apparently landed on her shoulder, which may have been broken or dislocated in the fall. She also suffered a fractured wrist and multiple scrapes.

Libby said her injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. Her name was not available.

"She was conscious and talking when we loaded her into the ambulance," Libby said.

The climbing accident took place around 4 p.m.

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