Mass. hiker rescued in Whites

by Christian Mower on May 2, 2014

A 22-year-old Massachusetts man was rescued off the Franconia Ridge Trail on Mount Flume Thursday after he accidentally injured himself with a knife.

New Hampshire Fish and Game officers say Benoit Armangau of Acton was camping with a friend when he accidentally stabbed himself with a 5 inch knife while cutting evergreen branches for bedding, injuring himself so badly he couldn’t walk without help.

Conservation officers were notified of the situation about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and a few of them hiked up through rain and up to two feet of snow to get to the pair, reaching them shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday. They stabilized the victim and stayed with the men, who had sleeping bags and tents.

At daybreak Thursday, more conservation officers and volunteers from the Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue team went up to help bring the two hikers down the mountain. At that point Armangau was able to move slowly on his own.

Armangau was evaluated at the trail head by Linwood Ambulance and he and his companion then drove themselves to Littleton Regional Hospital.

Officers remind spring hikers that winter-like conditions still prevail in much of the White Mountains and they should use caution and carry appropriate gear. For proper preparation tips, see the website at www.hikesafe.com.

Writer: MacKenzie Friday May 2 2014 from AP wire story, with added content

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