MASS. BOY RESCUED FROM MOUNT WASHINGTON

by Christian Mower on June 26, 2012

A NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICER IS PRAISING VOLUNTEER RESCUERS FOR THEIR HELP IN GETTING A 15-YEAR-OLD MASSACHUSETTS BOY OFF MOUNT WASHINGTON MONDAY.

CONSERVATION OFFICER MATT HOLMES SAYS MICHAEL HERY OF PEABODY INJURED HIS LEG WHILE HIKING WITH HIS FATHER AND A FRIEND ON THE AMMONOOSUC RAVINE TRAIL.

STAFF MEMBERS FROM THE LAKES OF THE CLOUDS HUT HELPED GET THE BOY BACK TO THE HUT, WHERE HIS LEG WAS SPLINTED BUT HE WAS UNABLE TO WALK.

THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB THEN GATHERED MORE THAN A DOZEN OF ITS MEMBERS AND WERE JOINED BY PERSONNEL FROM THE MOUNT WASHINGTON STATE PARK AND FISH AND GAME OFFICERS TO HELP CARRY HERY UP TO THE SUMMIT, WHERE HE ARRIVED SHORTLY BEFORE 3 P.M. MONDAY.

FROM THERE, HERY WAS TAKEN TO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN NORTH CONWAY FOR FURTHER EVALUATION AND TREATMENT.

HOLMES CALLS THE VOLUNTEERS “A HUGE ASSET” – “STRONG AND DEDICATED” – AND SAYS THEY ENDURED RAW TEMPERATURES AND DRIVING RAIN TO ASSIST WITH THE RESCUE.

HERY’S FATHER PETER ALSO THANKED THE RESCUERS.