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April 20, 2012

Injured Hiker Assisted to Safety in White Mountains

CONCORD, N.H. – A Concord man was assisted to safety by New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers yesterday (Thursday, April 19, 2012) after being injured while hiking in the White Mountains.

Avery Richardson, age 52, of Concord, N.H., set out alone on the Greely Ponds Trail and hiked to the East Peak of Mt. Osceola on the Osceola Trail (in the towns of Lincoln and Livermore, N.H.) yesterday afternoon.  While on his traverse, he slipped on the way down at about 3:00 p.m. and was injured. Fortunately, two other hikers came by about 15 minutes later, and Richardson asked them to call 911 as soon as they could get reception.  They did so, and Fish and Game was notified of the injured hiker at 5:10 p.m.

Conservation Officers Brad Morse and Robert Mancini reached Richardson at 6:40 p.m. The injured hiker was about two miles up the trail, moving slowly.  The COs provided first aid and helped him down the mountain.  They reached the trailhead at 8:15 p.m., where the Lin-Wood Ambulance waited to assess his condition.

HikeSafe logo"As a reminder, it is always safer to hike with a companion," said Conservation Officer Jeremy Hawkes. "Even in ideal weather, emergencies can arise, and having someone with you to help can make a difference, whether you're dealing with a minor injury or a life-or-death situation. Don't rely on cell phones or hikers that may happen to be passing by for assistance, and always pack enough equipment for worst-case scenarios."

No further information is available at this time.
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