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August 30, 2005

Rhode Island Man Carried Out of White Mountains Following Injury

CONCORD, N.H. -- A White Mountain rescue ended well for an injured 49-year-old hiker from Rhode Island on Monday, August 29. In an arduous 11-hour rescue operation, the man, David W. Pierce of Narragansett, R.I., was carried out on a litter by some 50 rescuers from the N.H. Fish and Game Department, White Mountain National Forest, Appalachian Mountain Club, Pemigewassett Valley Search and Rescue Team and the Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team.

Pierce was hiking with his son and friend in the Pemigewasset Wilderness of New Hampshire over the weekend. Late Sunday afternoon he suffered a knee injury and possibly mild hypothermia along a bushwhack trail which leads to the Twinway trail. Pierce's hiking companions set up a tent and supplies for him while they hiked nearly 10 miles out to the Lincoln-Woods Trailhead to alert officials.

Rescue crews hiked in and located Pierce along the rugged Bondcliff trail between Mount Bond and Bondcliff. There they began the litter carry back out to the trailhead, arriving after 7:00 p.m. Monday. Rescuers encountered rough trail conditions and rain during the rescue. Pierce was evaluated for his injuries and released.

For information on hiking safety, visit www.hikesafe.com.

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