hiker rescue

 

Rescuers have come to the aid of a hiker who became stranded along a steep Mount Washington trail.

The U.S. Forest Service says Frank Tonioli of Halifax, Massachusetts, decided to leave a marked trail and climb some rocky terrain in the Huntington Ravine when he became stranded Monday. A partner dialed 911 and the Forest Service received word that afternoon.

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A team of rescuers has come to the aid of a hiker who slipped on an icy trail and suffered a leg injury in Lincoln.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department officers say 34-year-old Luis Serrano of Lowell, Massachusetts, had hiked up the Falling Waters Trail on Sunday afternoon. On his way down, he slipped. A passing hiker called 911.

Rescuers reached Serrano and carried him back to the trailhead, where he was assessed for his injury. His condition wasn't immediately known Monday.

 A hiker is recovering after he slid off a New Hampshire mountain trail and down a ledge into some trees, unable to move due to the steep grade and ice.

Fish and Game Department officers say 21-year-old John Ng of Wakefield, Massachusetts, was able to call 911 Thursday afternoon from Mount Chocorua in Tamworth, in the White Mountain National Forest.

Rescuers found him about five hours later, suffering from symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite. They replaced his frozen shoes and socks with dry ones and put several layers of clothing on him.

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The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says a student and an adult on a school hiking trip needed help after suffering medical emergencies on a trail in Sargent's Purchase.

The group from Jesse Remington High School of Candia was hiking the Glen Boulder Trail on Thursday.

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House and Senate negotiators have reached a tentative agreement on a bill that creates a program to sell "hike safe" cards to hikers that would forgive them for any rescue expenses they'd otherwise owe New Hampshire if they were negligent.

The deal reached Friday still must be approved by the full House and Senate.

While the legislature considers whether to allow a $25 hiker’s card that would eliminate any chance of being charged for a rescue, a Michigan man is fighting a $9,300 bill for the help he got in 2012.

Earlier this month a judge in District Court in Concord decided Edward Bacon of Northville, Michigan was negligent. That meant he should reimburse New Hampshire Fish and Game for the cost of his rescue from the Franconia Ridge.

A lost Massachusetts hiker was rescued Thursday afternoon after spending a bitterly cold night in the White Mountains.

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Six Canadian hikers were helped off New Hampshire's Mount Washington after they called 911 from the mountain's auto road.   New Hampshire Fish and Game says the hikers were all in their 20s and from the province of Quebec. They had hiked up the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail and reached the summit around 2 p.m. Saturday, but with temperatures at zero degrees and winds at 50 mph, they decided to walk down the auto road.   Some members of the group were not dressed appropriately for the weather, and feeling the cold, they called 911.

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New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are reminding hikers to be prepared this fall after several hikers needed to be rescued this week.

A Vermont couple was found and helped down Mount Madison in Lancaster in an all-night rescue after the hikers were caught in a severe storm on Monday afternoon.

And a 23-year-old Massachusetts man who was hiking with his caregiver and two companions separated from the group and got lost on Mount Sunapee on Monday. He was found safe about five miles from his last known location.

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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.

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Fish and Game officers rescued two Ohio hikers from a trail on Mount Washington Thursday night because the pair didn’t have flashlights.

The husband and wife, Robert Scanlon and Candy Neville – both in their mid-60’s - from Shaker, Heights Ohio, rode the Mount Washington Cog Railway to the top of Mount Washington, Fish and Game Lt. Wayne Saunders said in a news release.

Then, they decided to hike down on the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail.

But Scanlon began having knee pain on the rocky trail, slowing their descent and it got dark before they could reach the bottom.

A 25-year-old hiker was fatally injured in a fall Thursday afternoon while coming down the Tuckerman Ravine Trail on Mount Washington, according to Sgt. Mark Ober of New Hampshire Fish and Game.

The man was hiking with friends and left the trail to get water and a better look at a waterfall when he slipped and fell about 150 feet “landing on a small ledge approximately three quarters of the way up the Headwall," Ober wrote in a news release.

In N.H., Hikers Head Out Unprepared

May 29, 2013

In New Hampshire this summer, many hikers will hit the trail without proper gear.  That’s the word from a new Brown University study. The report finds that younger hikers and those on shorter journeys are particularly likely to trek unprepared.

Two Canadian men who were lost in the White Mountains overnight were rescued Monday afternoon after an extensive search by Fish and Game and a National Guard Black Hawk helicopter.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

The two Canadian men had planned to climb Mt. Lafayette, a 4,000-footer in the Franconia Notch.

But they lost their way late Sunday afternoon due to fog, high winds and blowing snow, says Dany Daigle of Quebec, one of the hikers.

“We found a big rock and sleep under it. We tried to make a fire and our matches didn’t work. And our water froze.”