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November 6, 2008


Overdue Hikers Safe after Night Search in Conway Area

CONCORD, N.H. -- Two hikers lost on North Moat Mountain in the Conway area of New Hampshire's White Mountains made their way to safety early this morning (Thursday, November 6, 2008) after New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers searched for them through the night.  Orrin Johnson, age 69, of Elliot, Maine, and George Prive, age 66, of Hampton, N.H., set out to hike up the Moat Mountain Trail in Conway early Wednesday morning and at some point during the day lost the trail.  When they had not returned by evening, family members reported them missing. 

N.H. Fish and Game was called in at 8 p.m. Wednesday night.  Several teams of Conservation Officers searched an area of North Moat Mountain throughout the night, unable to locate the missing hikers. The lost hikers established cell phone contact with their family early this morning as they made their way down the mountain.  They were able to bushwhack the rest of the way out to West Side Road, where they were met by the Fish and Game search and rescue team.  The men were tired and hungry, but in good condition.  Fish and Game Lt. James Goss reported that the men had lost the trail in the vicinity of the Moat Mountain summit.  The hikers were reportedly well prepared with extra gear during their extended ordeal and had left an itinerary with family members.

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