Lt. Todd Bogardus
NH Fish and Game Department
August 27, 2010
Injured Hiker Rescued On Mt. Moosilauke
CONCORD, N.H. -- NH Fish and Game Conservation Officers, Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team personnel and the DHART helicopter rescued an injured 83-year-old hiker off of the Benton Trail, which is located on Mt. Moosilauke in Benton, NH.
Howard Flora (83 years old) of Ledyard, Connecticut, injured his knee while hiking down from the summit of Mt. Moosilauke on Thursday August 26, 2010. Being unable to continue, he spent the night sleeping on the trail with minimal gear. Three female hikers who were climbing the trail Friday morning (August 27, 2010) located Flora hypothermic and injured in the trail. Flora was located just over ½ mile below the summit. Rescue crews hiked in 3 miles to Flora’s location and were able to carry Flora to the summit, where he was airlifted by the DHART helicopter and taken to Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital in Lebanon to be evaluated.
Lt. Todd Bogardus of the NH Fish and Game Department stated that Flora was lucky to have the hikers find him, since he was on a less-traveled mountain trail. His experience should serve to remind hikers of how things can go wrong during a simple planned hike while in the mountains. Hiking with others, leaving an itinerary, having backup plans and carrying emergency gear can all help you get through an emergency situation.
For further information on being safe while hiking or pursuing outdoor recreation and to learn the Hiker Responsibility Code please visit www.hikesafe.com.
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