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August 28, 2007

Injured Hiker Rescued from Mount Jefferson

CONCORD, N.H. - An injured hiker was airlifted off Mount Jefferson in New Hampshire's White Mountains this morning (Tuesday, August 28, 2007).  Quentas Chess, age 53, of Mamaroneck, NY, had been hiking with three companions on the Jefferson Loop Trail when he was injured after tripping and falling face-first onto a rocky area.

The injury occurred at approximately 4 p.m. yesterday (August 27, 2007).  The injured man's hiking party included his brother, a doctor, who was able to stabilize his condition and secure him in a tent while they attempted to call for help.  At about 7 p.m. they notified the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department via cell phone that their injured companion was unable to walk down the mountain.

Rescuers set off at daylight today (August 28, 2007) to locate the hiking party.  A team of two N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers - paramedic Brad Morse and first-responder  Mark Ober - along with Mike Pelchat of the Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue team and N.H. State Parks, hiked out from the summit of Mount Washington.  An Army National Guard helicopter was called in to assist with the evacuation. 

At approximately 8:30 a.m., Chess was airlifted off the mountain by the Army National Guard helicopter.  He was then transported by ambulance to Concord Hospital. 

No further information is available at this time.

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