CONTACT:
Lt. John Whitmore, (603) 271-3128
Jane Vachon, (603) 271-3211
Jaffrey Fire and Rescue, (603) 355-2000
May 4, 2005

Young Hiker Airlifted from Mt. Monadnock Following Medical Emergency

CONCORD, N.H. -- At 2:00 p.m. on May 3, 2005, New Hampshire Fish and Game was notified by personnel at Monadnock State Park regarding an unconscious 17-year-old female on Mt. Monadnock near the junction of the White Cross and White Dot trails in the town of Jaffrey. They informed Fish and Game that Jaffrey Fire and Rescue had been contacted and were en route to the medical emergency.

The victim had been hiking with a school group from the Textron Chamber School from Providence, Rhode Island, when she experienced difficulty breathing and lost consciousness shortly thereafter. She was not separated from her group. Help was called using a cell phone to dial 911.

Jaffrey Fire and Rescue personnel notified DHART, a rescue helicopter from Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. DHART responded to the scene at 2:55 p.m., landing on Mt. Monadnock to airlift the victim, who was transported via a litter from the trail to the helicopter by park personnel, Jaffrey Fire and Rescue personnel and volunteers. The victim's condition improved, she regained consciousness and was transported to Dartmouth Medical Center.

No further information is available at this time.

For hiking safety information, click here to visit www.hikesafe.com.

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