Pastor Critical After 15-Foot-Fall

Pastor of St. James Episcopal Church fell while hiking in Maine

A hiking trip turned into a horrible ordeal for Farmington pastor who fell 15 feet onto rocks in Acadia National Park. Rev. Jeffrey S. Dugan, 55, is in critical condition at a Maine hospital.

Parishioners gathered at St. James Episcopal Church Thursday to pay for the recovery of the pastor who has served the church for nearly two decades, the Hartford Courant Reports.

Dugan was hiking along a path between Otter Cliffs and Otter Point on Wednesday afternoon when he apparently lost his footing and fell to rocks below on Wednesday afternoon, the Bangor Daily News reports.

It took 40 minutes for crews to rescue Dugan, who had fallen about a quarter of a mile from the road.

“We had to get him up the cliff, up to the trail and back to the road,” he said. “Things worked well because all the departments worked so well together,” Park Ranger Kevin Donnell told the newspaper.

Dugan suffered several injuries during the fall and was taken by LifeStar helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center.

HIs fall and rescue happened on opening day at the coastal park.

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