June 7, 2019

MDIFW NEWS: Piscataquis County A.T. Rescue

RAINBOW TWP, Maine - Maine game wardens received a report of a hiker suffering a medical emergency on the Appalachian Trail shortly after noon today. Penobscot Sheriff's Office received the 911 call from Devin Kaufman, 25, of Fairfield, Maine, who reported he was hiking southbound near Big Beaver Pond before dispatchers lost contact with him.

Game wardens were able to determine he was on the Appalachian Trail in Rainbow Township, near the southeast end of Rainbow Lake. This is a very remote region with limited access. Two game wardens were flown in by a Maine Warden Service aircraft and dropped off at the shore of Rainbow Lake. Game wardens located Kaufman who was ill and very weak. A game warden pilot flew Kaufman to Greenville where he was taken to C.A. Dean Hospital by Ambulance for treatment. Attached photo of Maine Warden Service aircraft in Greenville during todays rescue, courtesy of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.