Lt. Todd Bogardus: 603-271-3127
Liza Poinier: 603-271-3211
November 3, 2008
Hikers, Hunters Home Safe Following Three Weekend Rescues
CONCORD, NH -- NH Fish and Game Search and Rescue personnel, local police and fire squads, rescue volunteers and the DHART helicopter were kept busy this past weekend, successfully assisting in three separate rescues.
On Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008, NH Fish and Game was notified at 7:30 p.m. by Troop F of a lost hunter at Pontook Reservoir in Dummer. Steven Ramstrom of Nottingham NH and Carl Maki of Hall NY had arrived at the Pontook Reservoir in Dummer at 7:30 that morning. The pair had canoed to the end of the reservoir to hunt for deer with their muzzleloaders. Their plan was to hunt separately and meet back at the canoe at approximately 2:30 pm. Ramstrom returned to the canoe at the appointed time and waited for Maki until it was dark.
When darkness fell and Ramstrom had not made contact with Maki, he became concerned and fired a shot to try and locate Maki. He heard an answering shot in the distance to the north of his location. Fish and Game Conservation Officers arrived at scene at 8:30 p.m. They were able to triangulate Maki's position by using gunshots and listening for Maki's response with his own firearm. The officers located Maki at 11:15 p.m. and walked him out of the swamp to his vehicle by 2:00 a.m. on Nov. 2. Maki was exhausted but in overall good condition. NH State Police, Milan & Dummer Fire & Rescue, New England K-9, and Upper Valley Search and Rescue all participated in the effort.
On Sunday, Nov. 2, a call for assistance came from Camille Grzybaski, a 55-year-old Massachusetts hiker who was descending the Appalachian Trail off of Mt. Cube in Orford, NH when she suffered a leg injury. Her hiking companion hiked out to Route 25A and called for assistance.
Rescuers believed Gryzbaski was one mile up the trail, but were unsure of her actual location on the trail. DHART helicopter out of Lebanon assisted in locating the victim on the trail from the air, and guided rescuers to her location. Personnel from the NH Fish and Game Department, Orford Fire, Thetford Fire with a 6-wheel ATV and Upper Valley Ambulance participated in the carryout. Gryzbaksi was transported out via the 6-wheeler and taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center by ambulance to be treated.
While working on the Orford rescue, Fish and Game was notified of two lost hikers believed to be on Mt. Cardigan in Alexandria. Charson Lin, age 32, of New York City, and 25-year-old Ying Yu of Cambridge, Massachusetts had called on a cellular telephone to report they were lost and did not have any gear or lights with them. They had originally set out for a small loop on the trails leading from the Appalachian Mountain Club's Mt. Cardigan Lodge. After speaking with the two hikers on the phone, Fish and Game Conservation Officers were able to determine the probable whereabouts of the two distressed hikers, who were now almost 2 1/2 miles from the lodge.
Shortly after 7:00 p.m., officers located the pair huddled on the "Back 80" trail in Orange. "These two hikers were unprepared with any gear except what they were wearing. They not only had no lights, but made several bad turns during their planned short hike, which caused them to get lost on the trail systems and overcome by darkness," said Lt. Todd Bogardus. This rescue points to the importance of planning properly and taking the appropriate gear, including a light and a map, on all excursions.
For further information on being safe while hiking or hunting, visit www.hikesafe.com.
The hikeSafe Hiker Responsibility Code (below) applies to all those enjoying New Hampshire's outdoors.
You are responsible for yourself, so be prepared:
- With knowledge and gear. Become self-reliant by learning about the terrain, conditions, local weather and your equipment before you start.
- To leave your plans. Tell someone where you are going, the trails you are hiking, when you'll return and your emergency plans.
- To stay together. When you start as a group, hike as a group, end as a group. Pace your hike to the slowest person.
- To turn back. Weather changes quickly in the mountains. Fatigue and unexpected conditions can also affect your hike. Know your limitations and when to postpone your hike. The mountains will be there another day.
- For emergencies. Even if you are headed out for just an hour, an injury, severe weather or a wrong turn could become life threatening. Don't assume you will be rescued; know how to rescue yourself.
- To share the hiker code with others.
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