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Labor Day Weekend Search and Rescue Activity:
Ohio Man Dies on Mt. Major; Hiker Rescue on Mt. Adams; Colebrook Man Injured in OHRV Accident

September 8, 2010

Ohio Man Dies While Hiking Mount Major in Alton, N.H.
CONTACT: Sgt. James Juneau, NH Fish and Game Department: (603) 271-3361
GILFORD – A 54 year-old man died from an apparent heart attack while hiking up Mount Major in Alton, N.H., on Monday afternoon, (September 6, 2010).  Rodney Jones of Enon, Ohio, was hiking with his wife when he collapsed approximately one mile up the Orange Trail.  Nearby hikers initiated CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and a 911 call was made at 2:35 p.m. Rescue personnel from Alton Fire Department and Alton Police Department, along with Conservation Officers from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, responded to the scene.  Efforts to revive the man were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at 3:31 p.m.  The victim’s body was carried down the mountain by rescue personnel and brought to the trailhead parking lot on Route 11.  Jones and his wife were visiting family in the Alton Bay area.  An autopsy is not expected to be performed.   No further information is available at this time.

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Colebrook Man Injured in OHRV Accident in Stewartstown, N.H.
CONTACT:  CO Adam Cheney, Region One Office, 603-788-4850 or 603-271-3361
LANCASTER, N.H.  -- On September 5, 2010, at 8:18 p.m., New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers responded to an Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle (OHRV) accident off Brown Brook Road in Stewartstown, N.H., in which a Colebrook man was injured.  Michael Duke, age 26, of Colebrook, N.H., was operating a Yamaha Banshi four-wheeler on an OHRV racetrack located on private property when he struck a jump. The four-wheeler landed on its front end, causing Duke to go over the handlebars and land on his head. Duke was transported by 45th Parallel EMS to the Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook. He was then airlifted by DHART helicopter and transported to Dartmouth Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., where he was treated for his injuries.

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Hiker Rescued from Mt. Adams after Medical Emergency
CONTACT:  Lt. Douglas Gralenski, 603-788-3164 or 603-271-3361
LANCASTER, N.H. -- On Friday, September 3, 2010, at 4:30 p.m., Lt. Douglas Gralenski of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department was alerted to a medical emergency on Mt. Adams.  Massachusetts resident Ernie Roy, believed to be in his early 60’s, was experiencing severe chest pain while walking to the Gray Knob Cabin of the Randolph Mountain Club (RMC).  The cabin is located to the northwest of the summit of Mt. Adams, just below treeline, at 4,400 feet elevation.  Although the victim remained conscious and alert, the symptom of severe chest pain continued throughout the duration of the rescue. Roy had been ascending Mt. Adams on Lowe’s Path with his adult son. Due to the seriousness of the situation, the caretaker of the RMC cabin immediately rendered assistance and placed a 911 emergency call via cell phone.

Because of the remote location, in combination with the steepness of the mountain, numerous Search and Rescue organizations were contacted for help.  N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers, the Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue Team and Appalachian Mountain Club personnel were immediately put on standby. Simultaneously, the availability of a rescue helicopter was pursued.  Fortunately, the N.H. State Police helicopter and crew were in the North Country exhibiting at the Lancaster Fair and were able to attempt a rescue.  Conservation Officer Matthew Holmes accompanied the flight crew.  Although a heavy haze persisted and the sky threatened to enclose the summit in clouds, the State Police helicopter was able to successfully hover just above ground to allow two members of the helicopter crew to exit the craft and, shortly thereafter, load the victim into the helicopter.  The victim was transported to Route 2 in Randolph and transferred to a Gorham Ambulance for transport to the Androscoggin Valley Hospital at approximately 6:00 p.m.

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