North Country
6:18 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Injured Boy Rescued On Mount Washington

A 15-year-old was carried off Mount Washington Monday after he fell and injured his leg, according to a news release from Fish and Game.

Conservation Officer Matt Holmes said Michael Hery of Peabody, Massachusetts, was heading down the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail Monday morning when he fell.

Hery was traveling with his father, Peter, and a friend and the father went to the AMC’s Lakes of the Clouds hut for help.

Employees of the hut then helped the youth get back to the hut where his leg was put in a splint.

He was then carried on a litter about 1.5 miles over difficult terrain – in heavy rain and cool temperatures - to the summit of Mount Washington so he could be driven down the mountain.

The group reached the summit about 3 p.m. and Hery was taken to a nearby hospital.

Rescue officials say carrying a litter is exhausting on the best trail and on rough terrain poses a huge challenge that requires a pool of rescuers.

Sixteen AMC employees, four employees of the Mount Washington State Park and four Fish and Game officers helped with the evacuation.