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July 27, 2010

Hikers Rescued on Mt. Monadnock and Mt. Chocorua

CONCORD, N.H. -- Hikers in two separate rescue efforts in New Hampshire's mountains on Monday, July 26, 2010, were successfully brought to safety.

At about 4:30 p.m. on Monday, New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers received a call from N.H. Department of Resources and Economic Development, Division of Parks & Recreation Assistant Manager Susan Tirrell at Mount Monadnock State Park in Jaffrey, N.H., alerting them to two young hikers lost in the woods near the summit of Mount Monadnock.

The hikers, 15-year-old Cassandra Hailson and 18-year-old Mathew Correia, both of Salem, N.H., had lost the trail shortly after beginning their descent from the summit around 2:30 p.m.  The pair was able to contact a parent using a cellular phone.  The parent then contacted State Park personnel requesting assistance.  Following instructions from the responding Fish and Game Conservation Officers, the teenagers called the 911 operator, and rescuers were able to get the GPS coordinates of their approximate location as a result of that 911 call.  Two Fish and Game Conservation Officers located the hikers several hundred yards west of the Pumpelly Trail just before 9:00 p.m.  The hikers were in good spirits, but did not have food, water, or flashlights with them.  Conservation Officers assisted the pair back to State Park Headquarters, arriving at 11:00 p.m. 

In another incident on Monday, July 26, 2010, Fish and Game Conservation Officers assisted an elderly man down the trail from the summit of Mt. Chocorua.  Richard Weeks, age 81, of Lynnfield, Mass., was hiking the mountain with his son's family. The party set out on the hike at about 11:00 a.m. and reached the summit, where Weeks became fatigued.  His son, Richard Weeks Jr. of Portsmouth, stayed with him to walk out slowly after resting.  The rest of the family hiked out on the Piper Trail.  When it became clear that father and son would not be able to reach the trailhead before dark, Weeks's wife called for help.  Fish and Game Conservation Officers hiked up the trail with flashlights and assisted Weeks, who was able to walk, and his son down the trail. They reached the trailhead about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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