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June 13, 2009

Rescue Teams Carry Out Injured Hiker on Mt. Lafayette

CONCORD, N.H. -- A 15-person rescue team made up of New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers and volunteers from the Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team carried a 31-year old Maine hiker off of Mt. Lafayette in Franconia Notch State Park on Saturday evening, June 13, 2009.

Heather Klenow of Portland, Maine, was hiking the popular 9-mile Franconia Range Loop, having gone up the Falling Waters Trail, then north across the ridge to Mt. Lafayette, and was then descending on the Old Bridle Path. At around 5:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, she suffered a knee injury that would not allow her to continue walking down the mountain.  Utilizing a passing hiker's cellular telephone, they were able to call 911 to request assistance.  Rescue crews responded and litter-carried Klenow the remaining 2 miles down the trail, arriving at the trailhead at 10:30 p.m.

For further information on being safe while hiking or pursuing outdoor recreation and to learn the hiker responsibility code please visit www.hikesafe.com.

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