Rockport firefighters locate hiker lost in woods
Rockport — A coordinated effort between Rockport Fire and Police departments, North East Mobile Health Services and emergency dispatchers helped locate a female runner and her dog lost in the woods.
A woman called Knox County Regional Communications Center around 4 p.m. June 25 and told dispatchers that while running on the Georges Highland paths on Ragged Mountain off Route 17, she had gotten lost after chasing her dog into the woods and could not locate the trail.
Dispatchers kept talking to the woman until cell phone towers were able to triangulate her location using her cell phone signal.
Rockport firefighters Greg and Levi Rollins -- and Levi's German Shepard Major -- along with Rockport Police Officer Dana Smith used that information to located the woman and her dog about a half mile from the parking area on Route 17 near Mirror Lake and escorted her back to a waiting ambulance.
North East Mobile Health Services took the woman to Pen Bay Medical Center due to complaints of shortness of breath.
Rockport firefighters Todd Philbrook, Allen Mitchell, John Sylvester, Billy Smith, Neal Bartley and Hunter Shade also assisted in the rescue efforts.