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Texas man rescued after breaking ankle on Appalachian Trail

RANGELEY PLANTATION - A Texas man is recovering from a broken ankle suffered during a hike on Maine's Appalachian Trail near Mooselookmeguntic Lake late yesterday morning.

Charles Smith, 69 of Plano, Texas was hiking a section of the AT near the intersection of the Bemis Trail Track when he broke his ankle. Rescuers had to transport Smith approximately half a mile over terrain described as very steep.

Maine Warden Service game wardens responded just before noon Wednesday and spent nearly 4 hours removing Smith from the steep terrain. Three wardens were assisted by a forest ranger, Fire and rescue personnel from Mexico, Rumford, Byron and two members of the Mahoosic Mountain Rescue Team.

Smith was initially transported to Rumford Hospital but was then taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston for treatment.

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  1. Thanks to all who assisted in his rescue. My wife hiked that area today and said it's very difficult. Best wishes for a quick recovery to Mr. Smith.

  2. Well done to all the crews involved! Wishing him a speedy recovery.