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October 23, 2012

More Hikers Rescued on Yet another Busy Weekend in NH's Mountains

CONCORD, N.H. – New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers had yet another busy weekend rescuing lost or injured hikers. A few highlights:

CRAWFORD MOUNTAIN CARRYOUT: An injured man was carried 2.2 miles to safety after being injured on the Davis Path on Crawford Mountain in Hart's Location, NH, on Saturday, October 20. Robert White and Sue Dunn of Jackson, NH, had hiked to the top of Crawford Mountain. White slipped and fell on the way down, injuring his leg. They called for help at 4:35 p.m. Conservation Officers, personnel from fire departments in Bartlett, Jackson and North Conway; Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue volunteers; Appalachian Mountain Club staff; Bartlett-Jackson Ambulance staff; and a U.S. Forest Service ranger hiked in and carried White out. They reached the trailhead about 9:47 p.m. He was then transported to Memorial Hospital in North Conway.

LOST HIKERS IN BARTLETT: While the Crawford Mountain carryout was in progress, Fish and Game was notified that two women hikers were lost in Bartlett, NH. Kristine Curtis of Boston, Mass., and Anne Cullen of Cambridge, Mass., had climbed to the summit of Mt. Stanton. They took a wrong turn and lost the trail in the area of Mt. Pickering. They called 911 for help at 6:20 p.m. Two Fish and Game Conservation Officers began searching and were later joined by officers who had carried the injured hiker off Mt. Crawford. The COs searched through Saturday night (October 20, 2012). They could not get a GPS lock on the women's cell phone, but were able to glean enough information from the signal to determine a general search area. The women were located heading toward the Rocky Branch Shelter about 9:30 the next morning by CO Mark Hensel and his search dog Sig. He had made cell phone contact with them early on Sunday as the sun came up and told them to continue hiking down the brook drainage.  About an hour and a half later, Hensel was able to get a GPS lock on them and hiked in to help them to safety.  The women did not have head lamps and were not prepared to spend the night in the woods. Luckily, the night was mild for late October, and they were unharmed.  Had the conditions been colder, they would have been in jeopardy, according to Hensel. 

LOST HIKERS ON BLUEBERRY LEDGE TRAIL: In another incident on Sunday, October 21, 2012, two women hikers became lost on the Blueberry Ledge Trail in Tamworth. After getting a late start, Elizabeth Wilson of Laconia and Kathleen Hall of Newmarket hiked to the summit of Whiteface and had started hiking down, when they were overcome by darkness. They called for assistance at 7:00 p.m. Conservation Officers were able to determine their location from the phone call, and hiked in about a mile to reach the pair and bring them out, reaching the trailhead at 9:30 p.m. The hikers did not have any lights with them.

OVERDUE HIKER IN TAMWORTH: The same evening, an anxious husband called to report that his wife was overdue from a hike. William King of Meredith said his wife Cynthia had left with her dog to hike on Sunday (October 21, 2012). When she did not return, he called for help about 6 p.m. Local police and sheriff's office personnel began checking all the trailheads in the area. About 8:30 p.m., Conservation Officers searching for the lost hikers on the Blueberry Ledge Trail discovered King's vehicle at Ferncroft. Search teams looked for King through the night, and on Monday morning (October 22) about 6:30 a.m., she was located by a New England K-9 Search and Rescue team. She had hiked to the top of Mt. Katherine and lost her way when she followed a skid trail on the way down. She was in good condition, despite her unexpected night in the woods.hikeSafe Program logo

"In many of the searches this weekend and the past several weekends, the hikers werecompletely unprepared for any unforeseen circumstances," said CO Mark Hensel. "We are grateful that thesesearches ended successfully, but those going out to enjoy the outdoors must be aware that shortened daylight and colder temperatures can quickly make a situation life threatening. Please be responsible."

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