A 25-year-old Rhode Island woman was injured Wednesday afternoon when she fell about 40 feet while hiking a steep, remote section of the Applachian Trail in Redington Township, in northern Franklin County. Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife photo

REDINGTON TOWNSHIP — A Rhode Island woman was injured Wednesday afternoon when she fell about 40 feet while on a steep, remote section of the Appalachian Trail, near Sugarloaf in northern Franklin County.

Maine game wardens and rescue workers from several agencies responded to assist the hiker at about 4:30 p.m., according to a prepared statement from Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.

Emma Sonberg, 25, of Smithfield, Rhode Island, fell on the area of the trail that crosses Orbeton Stream.

“Sonberg sustained a serious injury to her right arm along with scrapes and bruising,” according to MacDonald.

She was able to notify authorities by activating an emergency locator beacon she carried with her.

“Doing this provided an accurate GPS coordinate to the International Emergency Response Coordination Center, leading rescuers directly to her location,” MacDonald wrote in statement.

Sonberg was stabilized and eventually able to walk a mile to a game warden’s vehicle. She was then driven to a waiting ambulance at about 8:30 p.m., which took her to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington.

The rescue involved three game wardens, including an emergency medical technician; the Kingfield Fire Department; Franklin Search & Rescue; NorthStar EMS; and a local civilian volunteer.


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