FISH AND GAME OFFICERS URGE PREPARATION AFTER RESCUES

by Gair on October 16, 2012

NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICERS ARE URGING HIKERS TO PROPERLY PLAN THEIR TRIPS AND THINK AHEAD AFTER TWO WEEKEND RESCUES OF MASSACHUSETTS HIKERS.

CONSERVATION OFFICER ALEX LOPESHANSKI SAYS HE AND CONSERVATION OFFICER SGT. BRIAN ABRAMS WERE JOINED BY A TAMWORTH POLICE OFFICER FRIDAY NIGHT IN THEIR SEARCH FOR A 39-YEAR-OLD DANVERS MAN WHO BECAME LOST WHILE HIKING ON MOUNT CHOCORUA.

THE HIKER – IDENTIFIED AS MATTHEW MORRILL – HAD NO EXTRA GEAR BUT HE WAS ABLE TO GET A CELL PHONE CALL OUT FOR HELP. BECAUSE RESPONDERS WERE NOT ABLE TO PINPOINT HIS LOCATION, THEY WERE FORCED TO HIKE SEVERAL TRAILS TO FIND HIM.

MORRILL WAS LOCATED SHORTLY BEFORE ONE A.M. SATURDAY ABOUT .7 OF A MILE IN FROM THE TRAIL HEAD FOR THE LIBERTY TRAIL – RESPONDERS HAD HIM OUT TO THE TRAIL HEAD IN LESS THAN AN HOUR. LOPESHANKSI SAYS THE TEMPERATURE WAS JUST ABOVE FREEZING AND IT STARTED SNOWING LATER BEFORE CHANGING TO LIGHT RAIN.

IN ANOTHER INCIDENT SATURDAY NIGHT TWO 50-YEAR-OLDS FROM HULL – SUZANNE YOUNG AND HER HUSBAND KENNETH KIEL – REACHED THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT PASSACONAWAY IN WATERVILLE VALLEY AROUND 6 P.M. AND CALLED FOR HELP AFTER REALIZING THEY WERE BECOMING OVERCOME BY DARKNESS.

THE COUPLE WAS ABLE TO MAKE A FIRE – ALTHOUGH THEY HAD NO EXTRA GEAR OR LIGHTS – AND THE TWO CONSERVATION OFFICERS GOT TO THEM SHORTLY BEFORE 11 P.M. SATURDAY – THEN HIKED BACK OUT WITH THEM NEARLY FOUR MILES, ARRIVING AT THE DICEY’S MILL TRAIL HEAD SHORTLY BEFORE 2 A.M. SUNDAY.

FOR PREPARATION TIPS FOR A HIKE, SEE THE WEBSITE AT www.hikesafe.com.

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