By Associated Press - Sunday, March 21, 2021

THE FORKS, Maine (AP) - An injured hiker had to be rescued after falling and becoming pinned between some large rocks in The Forks, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife said Sunday.

Clayford Cabilas, 30, of Bangor, and a friend had just finished a hike on Mosquito Mountain Trail on Saturday afternoon, when they climbed up some large rocks to take a photo, the department said in a statement. Calibas lost his balance and fell between the rocks and a rock had shifted and pinned his arm and leg, officials said.

His friend tried to free him and repeatedly called 911 but had a hard time getting through because of poor cell coverage. She was able to connect through 911 about an hour later, the department said.

Crews used the jaws of life and airbags to move and secure the rock and to free Cabilas, who suffered a fractured arm and leg, a head injury and was becoming hypothermic. He was flown by a waiting Life Flight helicopter to Northern Lights Hospital in Bangor, officials said.

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