GERMAN HIKER CRITICAL AFTER KANC RESCUE

by Christian Mower on October 7, 2011

A 56-YEAR-OLD GERMAN MAN IS REPORTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION SATURDAY MORNING AT A MAINE HOSPITAL AFTER BEING RESCUED OFF A POPULAR HIKING TRAIL IN NEW HAMPSHIRE’S WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST.

NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICERS ARE CREDITING FORTUITOUS CIRCUMSTANCES THURSDAY MORNING IN WATERVILLE VALLEY THAT LED TO THE QUICK RESCUE OF ROBERT OBERMEIER OF MUNICH.

CONSERVATION OFFICER SGT. BRIAN ABRAMS SAYS RESPONDERS GOT A REPORT SHORTLY BEFORE 10:15 A.M. THURSDAY OBERMEIER HAD APPARENTLY SUFFERED A HEART ATTACK WHILE WALKING WITH HIS WIFE MONICA ON A POPULAR TRAIL OFF THE KANCAMAGUS HIGHWAY.

ABRAMS SAYS A GERMAN DOCTOR WHO WAS ALSO ON THE SABBADAY FALLS TRAIL BUT NOT HIKING WITH OBERMEIER GAVE HIM CPR – AND ALTHOUGH OBERMEIER STOPPED BREATHING AND HAD NO PULSE AT ONE POINT – A CONWAY AMBULANCE CREW WAS ABLE TO REVIVE HIM USING A PORTABLE DEFIBRILLATOR.

CARRYING THE VICTIM IN A LITTER, RESCUERS THEN JOGGED DOWN THE TRAIL ABOUT A QUARTER MILE TO A WAITING AMBULANCE.

OBERMEIER WAS TAKEN TO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN NORTH CONWAY BEFORE BEING AIRLIFTED BY DHART HELICOPTER TO MAINE MEDICAL CENTER IN PORTLAND.