Lt. Todd Bogardus: 603-271-3127
October 25, 2009

Two hikers rescued on Sunday, October 25, after being trapped by high-water conditions 

CONCORD, N.H. -- Lt. Todd Bogardus reports that the NH Fish and Game Department was advised late Saturday evening (Oct. 24, 2009) of two overdue hikers who had ventured into the Pemigewasset Wilderness in Lincoln, NH, and failed to return.  Erin Tiernan (30 years old) of Oak Bluffs, Mass., and Monica Trust (46 years old) of Pepperall, Mass., became stranded while trying to complete an 18 mile loop into Owls Head peak, one of the 4,000 footers, and return.  Trust had done this hike several times in the past and friends reported them overdue when they failed to come out during the early evening.  Both hikers were prepared with proper equipment to endure the rainy evening.

Sunday morning (October 25, 2009) search teams from NH Fish and Game and the Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team searched for the hikers and located them shortly after 9:30 AM alongside the Franconia Brook and approximately 5 miles from the trailhead.  The hikers, after being unable to cross the quickly rising Lincoln Brook, bushwhacked along the north side of the brook until they reached the intersection of the trail and the larger Franconia Brook.  After wisely deciding not to cross this river, which was fast moving and swollen from the day's rain, they holed up for the evening awaiting rescue crews in the morning.  Upon locating them, searchers set up a rope traverse and brought the hikers over the raging brook to safety.

No injuries were reported.  Lt. Bogardus stated this should serve as a reminder to hikers to follow the hikeSafe Responsibility Code and to always be aware of changing or foul weather conditions and the possibility of swelling brooks at any time of the year during periods of heavy rain.     

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