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April 29, 2005


Missing Young Massachusetts Hiker Found on Mt. Monadnock

CONCORD, N.H. -- A 13-year-old boy from Wilmington, Mass., lost after being separated from a school group hiking on Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey, New Hampshire, on April 28, was successfully rescued after a three-hour search of the mountain by New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers. The boy was fine, though he had wet feet and was hungry and tired when officers found him about 5:30 p.m.

The boy had been hiking the White Cross Trail on Mt. Monadnock with a group from the Wilmington, Mass., Middle School. The group was using the "buddy system," but the boy fell behind and became separated from his companion after they lost the trail coming down the mountain and got their feet wet crossing a brook. His companion found her way to the park office and reported him missing about 1:15 p.m. N.H. Fish and Game officers were notified about 2:15 p.m. and immediately began a search of the area, assisted by State Park personnel.

At 5:30 p.m., CO David Walsh found the boy in the woods near the Parker Trail, just under a mile from where he had last been seen. A New England K-9 Search and Rescue team and N.H. State Police helicopter were en route to the search when the boy was found.

"We're grateful that we found the boy and he's fine," said Lt. Todd Bogardus, N.H. Fish and Game Search and Rescue Team Leader. "This incident emphasizes the importance of sticking together with your fellow hikers. If you do get lost when you're using the buddy system, you've got to stay together and STAY PUT. Remaining in one place will make it easier for searchers to find you."

Click here to brush up on your own hiking safety knowledge by visiting the hikeSafe website at http://www.hikesafe.com.

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