AUGUSTA, Maine -

An elderly man has died after falling ill while hiking the Appalachian Trail. He was expected to finish his hike this weeked, after starting in Georgia in March.

The Maine Warden Service said the Robert Yerike, 69, from Brick N.J. died after being rescued.

He was hiking in one of the most remote portions of the trail that is known as the 100-Mile Wilderness.

Officials said they first received a report about the man struggling around 2:00 p.m. on Thursday.

The report they received said he was suffering from "debilitating medical symptoms."

According to officials, they were not able to get Yerike out of there with a helicopter because of bad conditions, so they had to carry him out.

He later died at the hospital.

The Warden Service said Yerike started hiking the trail in Springer Mountain, Ga., back in March. He was expected to finish his hike this weekend in Maine.