A Connecticut man hiking in the Rangeley area was rescued Friday morning from the Appalachian Trail after suffering severe abdominal pain possibly caused by food poisoning, according to a news release from the Maine Warden Service.

William Appleby, of Clinton, Connecticut, was taken to Rumford Hospital for evaluation, the release said. No information was available on his condition later Friday.

Game wardens first responded around 2:30 Friday morning and met with members of the Rangeley Fire Department to formulate plans for a rescue, according to the release. Appleby was hiking in Township E near Rangeley Plantation.

The rescuers decided that the fastest way to get to him would be by taking a boat across Long Pond. A local boat owner, Allie Ladd, volunteered a boat and his time to help rescue Appleby, the release said.

Once rescuers had crossed the pond, it was a 10-minute hike to get to Appleby. Once stabilized, he was taken across the pond in the boat and transferred to an ATV to an ambulance.

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