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Tel: 603-352-9669 or 603-271-3127
April 30, 2010

Successful Night Rescue of Massachusetts Couple Lost on Mt. Monadnock

KEENE, N.H. – A Massachusetts couple was rescued on Mt. Monadnock late Thursday evening after becoming lost when darkness overcame them before they could return to the trailhead.

At approximately 9:20 PM on April 29, 2010, the Cheshire County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a 911 call from two hikers lost on Mount Monadnock in Mount Monadnock State Park in southwestern New Hampshire.  David Campbell (age 35) and Carrie Campbell (age 43) of Gilbertville, Mass., had begun their hike around 2:00 PM Thursday afternoon.  The couple had turned back about three-fourths of the way to the summit of Mount Monadnock because it was getting late, but as the couple descended the mountain, they became lost in the darkness and only had the light of a cellular phone to guide them. 

The pair called 911 before the battery of their cellular phone died.  They were located on the White Cross Trail near the former Spruce Link Trail by Park Manager Patrick Hummel and New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officer William Boudreau at approximately 11:00 PM. 

Both hikers were uninjured, but unprepared for hiking after dark or spending the night out in the elements.  The search team assisted the hikers back to the Park Headquarters, arriving there by early Friday morning. 

No further information is available at this time.

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For information on staying safe while hiking and to learn the hiker responsibility code, please visit www.hikesafe.com.      

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