GILFORD HIKER RESCUED FROM FRANCONIA FALLS

by Christian Mower on August 20, 2012

A NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICER SAYS A 47-YEAR-OLD GILFORD WOMAN WAS RESCUED SATURDAY AFTERNOON AFTER SHE FELL ON SOME SLIPPERY ROCKS AT FRANCONIA FALLS IN LINCOLN.

CONSERVATION OFFICER LT. JAMES KNEELAND SAYS DEBORAH NADEAU FELL AROUND 2:15 P.M. AFTER HIKING INTO THE FALLS WITH FAMILY MEMBERS.

THE VICTIM WAS UNABLE TO WALK AFTER SHE FELL AND OTHER HIKERS RAN THREE MILES BACK TO LINCOLN WOODS AND THEN DROVE INTO LINCOLN TO GET HELP.

CONSERVATION OFFICERS WERE JOINED IN THE RESCUE BY THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE, FIRE DEPARTMENTS FROM LINCOLN AND WOODSTOCK – AND LINWOOD AMBULANCE.

RESCUERS GOT TO WITHIN A HALF A MILE OF NADEAU USING ATVs AND SHE WAS CARRIED OUT ON A LITTER TO THEM, WHERE SHE WAS DRIVEN OUT TO THE WAITING AMBULANCE ON THE KANCAMAGUS HIGHWAY (ROUTE 112).

SHE WAS THEN TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL IN PLYMOUTH FOR EVALUATION.

KNEELAND RECOMMENDS HIKERS VISIT THE WEBSITE AT www.hikesafe.com FOR TIPS ABOUT SAFE HIKING.