A Canadian man was airlifted from the top of Champlain Mountain in Acadia National Park Saturday afternoon after falling 60 feet between two ledges.

John Kelly, park spokesman, said Xavier Moran, 28, was hiking with four others about three-quarters of mile on the Precipice Trail along a fire ladder section when he left the trail without the others, to climb freestyle. Kelly said Moran slipped and tumbled 60 feet between two ledges, suffering a compound fracture of his femur, the upper leg bone.

Moran called his father in Quebec, Canada, who alerted park rangers.

The rangers carried Moran, who was bleeding profusely, to the top of Champlain Mountain where a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter out of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, carried Moran to a Bangor athletic field, Kelly said. An ambulance transported Moran to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

His condition Sunday afternoon was not immediately available.


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