Hiker OK after being airlifted out of forest


WOODFORD — A hiker who was airlifted out of the Green Mountain National Forest last week is recovering at home after a scary situation on the Appalachian Trail.

Kristin Breen, of Florida, was through-hiking the trail with her husband, Robert, but that came to an end last Monday when she severely injured her leg. She had to be airlifted to Albany Medical Center, where she underwent surgery that day to have a steel rod inserted into her femur. After two days spent recuperating at the hospital, she has returned home to continue the healing process.

"I am sad that the journey ended this way," she said, "and I'm proud to say I hiked 1,607 miles, and had only 582 left to Katahdin." Mount Katahdin is the northern terminus of the trail. The couple had begun their hike in Georgia.

Bennington Rescue Squad were able to locate Breen relatively quickly with the help of locals Jeremiah Hurley and Shawn Hollis, who were familiar with the area's trail system and offered to assist with the rescue. BRS worked with the Vermont State Police and the Bennington Rural Fire Department to get Breen off the trail, and transport her via stretcher to a location where she could be safely airlifted out – a staging area on National Forest Service Trail 273, a dirt road near City Stream Road, off of Route 9 in Woodford.

Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.


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