INJURED HIKER AIRLIFTED OFF MT. WASHINGTON

by Christian Mower on October 7, 2011

FISH AND GAME OFFICERS SAY A 46-YEAR-OLD NEWTON NEW HAMPSHIRE MAN WAS AIRLIFTED OFF MOUNT WASHINGTON AFTER INJURING HIS KNEE.

 CONSERVATION OFFICER CHRIS EGAN SAYS RICH FRANCOEUR WAS DESCENDING THE MOUNTAIN ON THE TUCKERMAN RAVINE TRAIL ABOUT 3 P.M. THURSDAY WHEN HE SLID ABOUT 15 FEET DOWN A ROCK FACE, HURTING HIS RIGHT KNEE.

 CONSERVATION OFFICERS, MEMBERS OF THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB AND A NEW HAMPSHIRE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD HELICOPTER RESPONDED AND THE HELICOPTER CREW WAS ABLE TO BRING THE MAN TO THE BASE OF THE MOUNTAIN IN PINKHAM NOTCH, WHERE HE WAS EVALUATED AND TAKEN BY GORHAM AMBULANCE TO ANDROSCOGGIN VALLEY HOSPITAL IN BERLIN.