There were four rescues in the North Country over the weekend, requiring good, old fashioned ground pounding, the use of an ATV and an Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter, according to a news release from Fish and Game Region 1, which is based in Lancaster.
The first occurred on Friday evening about 10:30 when a Florida family called for help from the Jewell Trail on Mount Washington. Their problem: The batteries on their only flashlight were drained.
Officer Matt Holmes hiked up the trail from the Cog Railway, reaching the four family members about midnight. He provided them with lights and accompanied them back to their vehicle.
About 6 p.m. Saturday a family reported a teenager missing near the First Connecticut Lake in Pittsburg. The family said the youth planned to go from a beach down a snowmobile path to get back to their rented cabin.
When he failed to appear Fish and Game’s Chris Egan and Adam Cheney, a Pittsburg police officer, began to search his planned route. The youth was located about 6:40 p.m.
About 7:30 Saturday night Fish and Game was notified of a hiker from Connecticut who developed knee problems on the Tuckerman Ravine Trail and was helped to the Hermit Lake Shelter of the Appalachian Mountain Club.
Fish and Game’s Lt. Doug Gralenski went up the Sherburne Trail on an ATV and gave the hiker a ride to the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center.
On Sunday afternoon the helicopter was required after a Philadelphia doctor, 54, fell on Lowe’s Path on Mt. Adams and seriously injured his arm.
Companions called for help and “given the extent of the man’s injuries and remoteness of his location” Lt. Doug Gralenski called for help from a Black Hawk.