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May 7, 2012

Injured Massachusetts Hiker Carried from Summit of Mt. Chocorua

CONCORD, N.H. – New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers and a large cadre of volunteer rescuers carried injured hiker Emily Crane, age 45, of Millbury, Mass., to safety from a trail near the summit of Mt. Chocorua in Tamworth, N.H., on Saturday night (May 5, 2012).

Emily Crane and her husband John Crane had taken the Champney Falls Trail from the Kancamagus Highway up Mt. Chocorua in the White Mountains National Forest, planning a loop hike.  A short distance after crossing the summit, Emily fell and sustained a lower leg injury. Realizing she could not walk, John called 911 for help at 3:45 p.m.

Rescuers reached Emily on the mountain at about 6:30 p.m. N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers and nearly 40 volunteers assisted in the difficult operation, including fire and rescue personnel from Tamworth, Ossipee Corner, Freedom, Madison and Sandwich, as well as volunteers from Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue and Mountain Rescue Service.

Rescuers carried the injured woman 3½ miles over rugged terrain in darkness. At certain points during the carry-out, ropes were used to belay the litter across steep rock slabs with significant drop-off.  They reached the trailhead with Emily a little after midnight, and a waiting ambulance transporthikeSafe program logoed her to the Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia for treatment.

No further information is available at this time.

For information on safe hiking, visit www.hikesafe.com.

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