MAINE TRIO RESCUED OFF MT. WASHINGTON

by Christian Mower on August 28, 2012

A NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICER IS CAUTIONING HIKERS TO CARRY LIGHTS – AND REMEMBER THE HOURS OF DAYLIGHT ARE GETTING SHORTER – AFTER A RESCUE MONDAY NIGHT OF A TRIO OF MAINE HIKERS OFF MOUNT WASHINGTON.

CONSERVATION OFFICER SGT. WAYNE SAUNDERS SAYS 70-YEAR-OLD JOHN REINSBOROUGH AND HIS 68-YEAR-OLD WIFE ELIZABETH, OF READFIELD, WERE HIKING WITH A COMPANION – 72-YEAR-OLD NANCY RUSSELL OF KENTS HILL – ON THE TUCKERMAN RAVINE TRAIL WITHOUT ANY LIGHTS WHEN THEY WERE FORCED TO STOP AROUND 8:30 P.M. BECAUSE OF DARKNESS.

THEY USED A CELL PHONE TO CALL FOR HELP AND CONSERVATION OFFICERS RESPONDED, GUIDING THE HIKERS DOWN TO THE AMC PINKHAM NOTCH VISITOR CENTER, ARRIVING SHORTLY AFTER MIDNIGHT.

SAUNDERS RECOMMENDS CHECKING THE WEBSITE AT www.hikesafe.com TO PROPERLY PREPARE FOR A HIKE – AND TO SEE A LIST OF RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT.