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May 5, 2009

Search Continues for Missing Angler; Also, Injured Skier Being Carried Out

CONCORD, N.H. – Search and Rescue crews are being kept busy this afternoon, with no leads today in the search for missing angler Gerard Perron of Claremont, and an injured backcountry skier being carried out of a remote area on the north side of Mt. Monroe.

Lt. Todd Bogardus of the N.H. Fish and Game Department reports that some 60 searchers have fanned out all across Franconia Notch, from Franconia Ridge to Kinsman Ridge, looking for any sign of Gerard Perron.  Hasty teams, line-search teams, and K-9 teams are all searching in a very broad geographic area, challenged by rain and cooler temperatures, plus snow in the backcountry and at higher elevations, and swollen brooks in places.

No clues have turned up today to help searchers locate the 63-year-old Perron; it is known that he came to Franconia Notch State Park to fish and hike, but he did not leave an itinerary.

N.H. Fish and Game is coordinating the search for Perron; New England Canine Search & Rescue, Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team, Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team are also participating.  Emergency Management has established a command post, and the Red Cross is also providing support.

In the White Mountains, teams from Fish and Game, SOLO (Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities), Upper Valley Wilderness Response and Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue are carrying out a backcountry skier with a leg injury.  The skier, one of two, will need to be carried out on a litter through deep snow in a remote area in the drainage of Monroe Brook, beside the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail north of Mt. Monroe.  Further information on the skier or his skiing companion is unavailable at this time.

Updates will be posted on the N.H. Fish and Game website at www.wildnh.com.

For information on being safe while hiking, visit www.hikesafe.com.

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