ORLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Park Rangers and a group of boy scouts rang in the New Year with a rescue mission. What started out as a hike to Cadillac Mountain to watch the first sunrise of 2013 turned into a test of all their boy scout lessons.
A 19-year old girl visiting from Florida along with a friend started the trek to the top, but lacked the proper attire and footwear. The gusty winds and wind chill dropped temperatures to single digits and caused her to be unable to move. Her friend called 9-1-1, but it was the group of scouts jumping into action that helped her until emergency responders arrived.
Scout Master David Burgess with troop 102 said, "We got her in a sleeping bag one of our troop leaders had a sleeping bag. Another had a tarp. We got her wrapped in the tarp and laid down on the ground."
Boy Scouts are taught to be prepared for anything and always willing to help. According to Burgess, they did just that.
Burgess said, "Together we pulled enough resources to really help her. At least not get any colder, I think that's what our focus was. We knew 911 had been called and was on it's way. So it was just to keep her from slipping into unconsciousness or uncontrollable cold."
When the Life Flight helicopter arrived the scout masters and two remaining scouts helped her into the helicopter. Even though they did not make it to the top of Cadillac Mountain, they all said it was worth it.
"It was really great to help other people. I think that's what we all should do as people in society. But our scouts are one of our mottos are to help other people at all times."
The girl was taken to Mount Desert Island Hospital to be treated.