MASS. MAN STABLE AFTER FALL

by Christian Mower on August 5, 2013

A SPOKESPERSON FOR DARTMOUTH HITCHCOCK MEDICAL CENTER IN LEBANON SAYS A 25-YEAR-OLD MASSACHUSETTS MAN IS IN “STABLE” CONDITION MONDAY AFTER SUFFERING WHAT APPEARED TO BE SERIOUS HEAD INJURIES SATURDAY ON MOUNT WASHINGTON.

NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME LT. JIM GOSS SAYS RUSSELL KINKADE OF PEMBROKE WAS HIKING SATURDAY ABOUT 3 P.M. IN THE HUNTINGTON RAVINE CENTRAL GULLY AREA WITH ANOTHER HIKER – 22-YEAR-OLD MICHAEL COX OF KENNEBUNKPORT, MAINE – WHEN THEY REACHED A POINT ON THE HEADWALL WHERE THEY COULDN’T CLIMB ANY HIGHER AND STARTED TO CLIMB BACK DOWN. THAT’S WHEN KINKADE SLIPPED AND FELL ABOUT 200 FEET DOWN A ROCK SLOPE.

COX WAS APPARENTLY NOT HURT.

MOUNT WASHINGTON STATE PARK PERSONNEL RESPONDED FROM THE SUMMIT AND PROVIDED FIRST AID TO KINKADE BEFORE A TEAM OF ABOUT 30 RESCUERS CARRIED HIM OVERNIGHT MORE THAN TWO MILES OVER EXTREMELY RUGGED TERRAIN TO THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB’S PINKHAM NOTCH VISITOR CENTER, ARRIVING ABOUT 3 A.M. SUNDAY.

KINKADE WAS THEN AIRLIFTED BY DHART HELICOPTER TO DARTMOUTH HITCHCOCK.

THE RESCUE TEAM WAS MADE UP OF PARKS PERSONNEL, FISH AND GAME CONSERVATION OFFICERS, VOLUNTEERS FROM MOUNTAIN RESCUE SERVICE, ANDROSCOGGIN VALLEY SEARCH AND RESCUE, THE AMC, GORHAM FIRE DEPT. AND OTHER HIKERS.

GOSS REMINDS HIKERS TO PACK APPROPRIATE CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT BECAUSE HAVING IT AIDS IN SAFETY.

FOR A LIST OF RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT AND OTHER PREPARATION TIPS, SEE THE WEBSITE AT www.hikesafe.com.

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