NH News
3:36 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

Four Kids, Two Adults Using Cell Phone For Light Rescued

Two adults and four small children were rescued Friday night in the White Mountains after they became lost and were trying to light the trail with a cell phone, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Lt. James Kneeland said about 9:15 p.m. Fish and Game was notified that the group has used a cell phone to call for help.

The group was composed of Josie Rogers and her husband, Christopher Kangas, of St. Johnsbury, Vt.  They were with their four children, ages eight, six, five and two.

According to Kneeland they not only lacked flashlights but proper clothing and equipment and despite the rocky and wet trails they were wearing sneakers or sandals.

The group was given instructions on how to continue down the Falling Waters Trail while Fish and Game mounted a rescue effort.

Luckily for the group three other hikers heading up the trail – training for the alluringly titled “Vermont Spartan Death Race” – encountered the couple and children.

Jeff Godin, Tammy Godin and Mike Bingham of Massachusetts shared their equipment and food.

Conservation Officers encountered the group about two and one-half miles from the trailhead at Lafayette Place and provided more supplies and equipment.

Then, working with the trio from Massachusetts they carried the children down the trail, arriving about 4:30 a.m.

Kneeland said hikers must remember to take the appropriate gear.