MASS. MAN ASSISTED OFF TRAIL

by Christian Mower on August 6, 2012

A NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICER SAYS A MASSACHUSETTS MAN WAS HELPED OFF A TRAIL IN FRANCONIA NOTCH SATURDAY AFTER HE INJURED HIS LEG.

CONSERVATION OFFICER LT. JAMES KNEELAND SAYS HIS DEPARTMENT WAS CALLED SHORTLY AFTER 3:30 P.M. SATURDAY AND INFORMED THAT JAY ENIS OF WESTFORD HAD FALLEN WHILE DESCENDING THE OLD BRIDLE PATH.

ENIS WAS INITIALLY HELPED DOWN THE TRAIL BY A HIKING COMPANION AND MEMBERS OF THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB.

FISH AND GAME OFFICERS AND MEMBERS OF THE PEMIGEWASSET VALLEY SEARCH AND RESCUE HIKED UP TO ASSIST, REACHING ENIS SHORTLY BEFORE 5:30 P.M. ABOUT TWO AND A HALF MILES FROM THE LAFAYETTE PLACE TRAIL HEAD.

ENIS WAS GIVEN FIRST AID AND HIS LEG WAS SPLINTED. KNEELAND SAYS ENIS WAS ABLE TO NAVIGATE THE TRAIL WITH ASSISTANCE AND THE ENTIRE PARTY REACHED THE TRAIL HEAD AROUND 8 P.M.

KNEELAND SAYS ENIS WAS PREPARED AND HAD THE NECESSARY CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT FOR A SUMMER DAY HIKE.

HE SAYS IT’S ALWAYS A GOOD PRACTICE TO HIKE WITH A PARTNER IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY AND CAUTIONS THAT THE WEATHER IS UNPREDICTABLE AND HIKES OFTEN TAKE LONGER THAN ANTICIPATED.

FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO PROPERLY PREPARE FOR A HIKE, SEE THE WEBSITE AT www.hikesafe.com.