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October 1, 2009

Injured Hikers from Rhode Island School Carried off Mount Monadnock

CONCORD, N.H. -- Two girls injured while hiking Mount Monadnock in southwestern New Hampshire with a school group Wednesday (September 30, 2009) had to be carried off the mountain by rescuers.  The hikers were on a day hike with a group from the Curtis Corner Middle School in Wakefield, R.I.  The group had stayed together and included teachers and adult chaperones.  The hikers had reached the summit and were heading down the White Cross Trail in an area known as the "Half Million Dollar Staircase" (about a quarter of the way down the mountain, about a mile and a half from the trailhead) when the two girls twisted their ankles in separate incidents. A call for assistance came in through the 911 call system at about 2:30 p.m. 

A group of nine rescuers, including New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers, N.H. Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) staff and a DRED Mountain Patrol Ranger responded and carried one of the girls out on a litter, arriving at the trailhead at about 4:45 p.m.  The other girl was piggybacked out by chaperones.  Both girls were transported by the Jaffrey/Rindge Memorial Ambulance to a Peterborough, N.H. hospital for evaluation.

No further information is available at this time.


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