HIKER AIRLIFTED AFTER RESCUE ON KANC

by Christian Mower on October 6, 2011

A NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICER IS CREDITING A CONWAY AMBULANCE CREW WITH SAVING THE LIFE OF A 56-YEAR-OLD GERMAN HIKER IN WATERVILLE VALLEY THURSDAY MORNING.

CONSERVATION OFFICER SGT. BRIAN ABRAMS SAYS A TEAM RESCUE EFFORT CAME TOGETHER AFTER RESPONDERS GOT A REPORT FROM A CARROLL COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DISPATCHER SHORTLY BEFORE 10:15 A.M. THE HIKER HAD APPARENTLY SUFFERED A HEART ATTACK WHILE WALKING WITH HIS WIFE ON A POPULAR TRAIL OFF THE KANCAMAGUS HIGHWAY.

ABRAMS, CONWAY FIRE AND RESCUE AND U.S. FOREST SERVICE PERSONNEL RESPONDED TO THE SCENE ABOUT A QUARTER MILE UP THE SABBADAY FALLS TRAIL WHERE ABRAMS FOUND A GERMAN DOCTOR WHO HAD NOT BEEN HIKING WITH THE VICTIM PROVIDING CPR TO HIM.

THE VICTIM STOPPED BREATHING AT ONE POINT AND HAD NO PULSE BUT ABRAMS SAYS HE WAS REVIVED WITH A DEFIBRILLATOR USED BY THE AMBULANCE CREW.

ABRAMS SAYS RESPONDERS JOGGED DOWN THE TRAIL WITH THE VICTIM IN A LITTER AND HE WAS TAKEN TO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN NORTH CONWAY BEFORE BEING AIRLIFTED BY DHART HELICOPTER TO MAINE MEDICAL CENTER IN PORTLAND.

ABRAMS SAYS EVERYONE INVOLVED WAS HAPPY THEY WERE ABLE TO MAKE A BIG CONTRIBUTION TO SAVING THE HIKER.