North Country
4:02 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Two Hikers Caught In Storm Rescued From Mt. Madison

Mt. Madison on a clear day
Credit Laurie Tewksbury via Flickr Creative Commons

A search team rescued two hikers from the summit of Mount Madison early Tuesday morning, after they were caught in a severe rain and wind storm Monday evening.

Raymond Barnard and Stephanie Watkins, both of Brownville, Vermont, were hiking along the Pine Link Trail when heavy rain and winds approaching 90 miles per hour forced them to take shelter.

They called 911 around 7 p.m., as dense fog led to limited visibility and temperatures dropped.

Two Conservation Officers and two members of the Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue Team found the couple around 1 a.m.

The hikers were able to walk out under their own power, and the rescue party reached the trailhead just before 5 in the morning.

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