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September 14, 2009

Weekend Mountain Rescue:  Injured Rhode Island Hiker Carried Out

CONCORD, N.H. -- An injured hiker on the Lonesome Lake Trail in Lincoln was carried to safety on Saturday night (September 12, 2009) by New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers and other rescuers.  Michael Couturier Wakefield , R.I., age 50, had set out alone from the Lafayette campground around 10 a.m. on Saturday for a day hike.  Around 6:30 p.m., he slipped on rocks and injured his leg.  Couturier called 911 to ask for help.  He was carrying a map, but was unsure of what trail he was on.

Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers responded, along with Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue and Woodstock Police Department and Appalachian Mountain Club staff.  Rescue teams located Couturier on the Lonesome Lake Trail, approximately. 1.5 miles from trailhead, at around 9:00 p.m.  He was carried out, reaching the trailhead at 11 p.m., and transported by Linwood Ambulance to Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth. 

"This incident underscores the importance of never hiking alone.  If his cell phone hadn't worked, and other hikers hadn't happened by, Michael Couturier could have been out there alone with a broken leg for a very long time," said CO Jeremy Hawkes of N. H. Fish and Game Law Enforcement.  Hawkes also stressed the importance of making sure you know the name of the trail you're on; if you do need help in an emergency situation, this information makes a big difference in how rapidly rescuers can find you.

For safe hiking tips and the hiker responsibility code, visit www.hikesafe.com.

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