North Country
9:02 am
Sun December 22, 2013

White Mountains Rescue: A Signal Seeking Help, But What Kind?

Rescuers were in The White Mountains Saturday night after being alerted that somebody needed help. They just didn’t know who or why.

The alert came about  6:45 Saturday when New Hampshire Fish and Game got a call from the International Emergency Response Coordination Center in Texas.

It had received a signal from a SPOTS emergency beacon that had been activated in King Ravine in Burbank’s Grant.

The signal indicated where help was needed but nothing else.

After hiking about three miles in the rain three conservation officers and three volunteers from Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue found two Canadians huddled in a bivy shelter in a boulder field.

Sgt. Mark Ober of Fish and Game said the pair because lost after climbing Mount Adams.

Not knowing where they were and worried about the possibility of an ice storm the pair activated the emergency beacon.

They were given warm food and dry clothes and hiked out with the rescuers.

They were identified as Rishi Maharaj of Toronto, Canada and Norman Goh of Richmond Hill, Ontario.