Maine man dies on Lion’s Head trail

Monitor staff
Sunday, September 17, 2017

A Maine man died after suffering an unknown medical condition while hiking up the Lion Head Trail in Sargent’s Purchase on Saturday morning.

Officials said Rolf Diamon, 66, of Windham, Maine, was hiking up the Lion Head Trail with his son on Saturday morning when he started to feel ill approximately 2½ miles from the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, according to a press release. The father and son decided to turn around when Diamon suddenly collapsed.

Resuscitation was started immediately by Diamon’s son and other hikers who had come upon the scene. Rescue personnel from Fish and Game, Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue, Appalachian Mountain Club and Gorham Ambulance responded to the scene. Air support was requested from the National Guard unit from Concord. A Black Hawk helicopter responded and was able to extract Diamon from the mountain by hoisting him up into the aircraft using a winch.