New Hampshire Fish and Game Dept. Law Enforcement Division
CO Ronald Arsenault: 603-271-3361
Lt. Dave Eskeland: 603-271-3127
August 6, 2012
Hikers Rescued after Dark on Mount Major in Alton
CONCORD, N.H. – A party of hikers stranded after dark on Mount Major in Alton, N.H., was escorted to safety last night (Sunday, August 5, 2012) after calling 911 for help. The group, all from Somersworth, N.H., included Aaron Huertas, age 34; his young son Tyler; his girlfriend Hailey Corlis, age 27; and a 12-year-old family friend Hanna Weeden.
The party began their hike up the mountain at 4 p.m. They were wearing shorts, T-shirts and sneakers and had only a small light with them. It took longer than they expected to reach the summit, and they were on the trail coming down when darkness fell. The hikers called 911 for help at 9:17 p.m.
Three members of the Alton Fire Department assisted Fish and Game and went to the mountain and brought the hikers out. Storms were moving through the area during the evening, so officials were concerned about getting the group off the mountain safely. Rescuers reached the hikers about 10:40 p.m., and they returned to the trailhead at 11:25 p.m.
"These hikers left on their hike too late in the day, and they were not prepared with sufficient lights, warm clothing, food or water," said N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officer Ronald Arsenault. "The days are getting shorter now, so people need to consider this when they plan their hikes,aswell asbeing prepared with emergency gear."
Learn more about safe hiking, including the ten essentials to have in your pack, at www.hikesafe.com.
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