BUSY WEEKEND FOR FISH AND GAME OFFICERS

by Christian Mower on September 3, 2012

IT WAS A BUSY HOLIDAY WEEKEND FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICERS.

LT. DOUG GRALENSKI SAYS CALLS FIRST STARTED COMING IN AROUND 4 P.M. FRIDAY FROM HIKERS TRAPPED BY HEAVY THUNDERSTORMS ON AND AROUND MOUNT WASHINGTON. THOSE SITUATIONS RESOLVED THEMSELVES AS THE STORMS PASSED.

GRALENSKI SAYS HE GOT A REPORT ABOUT 7:30 P.M. FRIDAY A 43-YEAR-OLD CHICAGO MAN – IDENTIFIED AS JASON BAKER – HAD DISLOCATED HIS KNEE WHILE HIKING ON THE SOUTH SLOPE OF MOUNT ADAMS – THE INJURY LEFT THE 285-POUND MAN UNABLE TO WALK.

BAKER’S WEIGHT AND REMOTE LOCATION WOULD HAVE MADE A CARRYOUT EXTREMELY DIFFICULT. FORTUNATELY, GRALENSKI SAYS, BAKER AND HIS TWO HIKING COMPANIONS WERE PROPERLY EQUIPPED AND WERE ABLE TO SPEND THE NIGHT WHERE THEY WERE.

BAKER WAS SUCCESSFULLY AIRLIFTED BY A NEW HAMPSHIRE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD BLACKHAWK HELICOPTER SATURDAY AROUND 8:45 A.M., WHILE HIS TWO COMPANIONS WERE ESCORTED TO THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT WASHINGTON BY THREE CONSERVATION OFFICERS.