DEAD RIVER TOWNSHIP — Officials say it took rescuers nine hours to bring an injured hiker to safety after he fell and possibly broke his shoulder on a western Maine mountain.

The Maine Warden Service says rescuers responded to a call shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday of a hiker on the Appalachian Trail who had injured himself in the Bigelow Range in Dead River Township.

A warden service spokesman tells the Sun Journal it took a long time to get 52-year-old Douglas Doane of Atlantic Beach, Fla., out of the woods because the trail is so remote and fairly steep.

Barrett said Doane was taken by ambulance to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington. He said Doane was hiking with his niece and had been hiking different sections of the Appalachian Trail.

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