California Rock Climber w/Head Injury Rescued from Bald Mountain
A rock climber from California had to be rescued from Bald Mountain after suffering a head injury.
28-year-old Shannon Ashley Power of San Diego was rock climbing on Tuesday afternoon when she fell while still attached to a safety rope. The incident happened at approximately 1:45 in an area known as Shagg Crag on Bald Mountain in Woodstock. Officials say she fell the length of the 15-foot rope, and then swung by the rope into a rock, where she hit her head. Power was not wearing a helmet.
Maine Wardens and others hiked into the base of the rock climbing cliff to assess the situation, and then called in the Maine Forest Service, who used their helicopter to perform what's called a short-haul evacuation at approximately 5:30 p.m. Power was taken to a waiting LifeFlight helicopter in a nearby field, which transported her to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.
The Maine Warden Service was assisted by members of the Oxford County Sheriff's Office, Woodstock Fire Department, Peru Fire Department, Sumner Fire Department, Pace Ambulance, LifeFlight of Maine, Mahoosuc Search and Rescue, and the Maine Forest Service.