A Bangor man is recovering from injuries sustained on Saturday after falling on rocks that had shifted, pinning his arm and leg on a trail in Somerset County.

Clayford Cabilas, 30, was hiking the Mosquito Mountain Trail in The Forks with friend Precious Magallanes, 27, of the Phillipines, around 2:45 p.m. on Saturday.

Before traveling back to their vehicle, the pair climbed on some large rocks that were recently moved to that location by heavy equipment to get a picture. Once on the rocks, Cabilas lost his balance and fell, causing one of the rocks to shift, according to a press release Sunday by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Cabilas fell in between the rocks and a rock that shifted in the process caused his arm and leg to become pinned, officials said. Magallanes tried to free Cabilas with no luck and tried to call 911, but was unable to connect due to poor cellphone coverage.

At 3:50 p.m., Magallanes was able to reach 911, and several agencies, including the Maine Warden Service, West Forks Fire and Rescue, Upper Kennebec Valley Ambulance, NorthStar Ambulance, Somerset County Sheriff’s Office and LifeFlight helicopter, responded to the scene around 4:15 p.m.

By the time help arrived, Cabilas was pinned with a fractured arm and leg, head injury, and was becoming increasingly hypothermic, according to officials. Crews used the laws of life and airbags in order to move and secure the large rock, eventually freeing Cabilas.

Cabilas was then moved to a waiting LifeFlight helicopter and taken to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.


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