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Night Rescue of Canadian Hiker from Mount Lafayette

Lt. James Kneeland: (603) 744-5470 or (603) 271-3361

February 15, 2017

On February 15, 2017, at 4:15 PM, Conservation Officers from the NH Fish and Game Department were advised of a hiker who was lost in whiteout conditions on top of Mount Lafayette. The hiker had relayed a message to family in Quebec that he was having trouble finding his way down the mountain. 


NH Fish and Game Conservation Officers were able to communicate with the hiker by text, and eventually he contacted 911 and a coordinate of his location was obtained.  A team of rescuers comprised of Conservation Officers and volunteers from the Mountain Rescue Service (MRS) ascended to Franconia Ridge via the Bridle Path and the Falling Waters Trail.  At 12:55 AM, rescuers made contact with the hiker about 800 feet south of the summit of Mount Lafayette.  Rescuers trudged through waist-deep snow and poor visibility to reach Franconia Ridge.  Rescuers spent considerable time re-warming extremities before eventually being able to descend to the trailhead where everyone arrived shortly before 5:00 AM.   

The hiker is identified as 25-year-old Vincent Hevey of Quebec.  Vincent had departed with his two dogs from the trailhead at 9:00 AM in an effort to summit Mount Lafayette where he arrived shortly after 3:00 PM.  Once on the summit, he lost the trail and his gloves.  Eventually he located the Franconia Ridge Trail and stayed put on the trail until rescuers arrived, staying warm by huddling with his dogs.  It is doubtful he would have survived the night if rescuers had not arrived when they did.         

Outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to purchase a Hike Safe Card at The card helps support Fish and Game search and rescue activities.


Hikers are reminded to adhere to the Hiker Responsibility Code by learning about local weather before you leave, turning back when fatigue or unexpected conditions exist, and to start as a group and end as a group.  The mountains will be there another day.  For safe hiking tips and a list of essential gear, visit  

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