N.H. Fish and Game Law Enforcement Division
CONTACT: CO Mark Ober: 603-271-3127   
January 7, 2010

Missing 70-year-old Cross Country Skier Rescued in Waterville Valley

CONCORD, N.H. -- A cross country skier who had become lost was located by rescue personnel around 9:00 p.m. last night (Wednesday, January 6, 2010) in Waterville Valley, N.H.  New Hampshire Fish and Game Department officials said that 70-year-old Jean Fauteux of Manchester had been skiing the Livermore Trail system off Tripoli Road when he attempted to find a shortcut to the groomed cross country trail; in the process he became lost and was overcome by darkness. 
     
Conservation Officers located Fauteux on the Flume Brook, two and a half miles from the Depot Camp parking area. They were able to pinpoint his position from a GPS coordinate acquired from 911 service after Fauteux called 911 requesting help. The officers were able to walk Fauteux to a snowmobile staged partway up the trail and then drove him the rest of the way out. 

According to Fauteux, he has cross-country skied this trail system for many years.  He ran into trouble when he was breaking trail on an unused section of the Flume Brook Trail and realized he wouldn’t make it out before darkness.  He then left the trail, thinking he would find the main groomed trail, but was unable to find his way out before it became dark.  Fauteux did have food, water and quality clothing, but did not have a light source. 

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