MEREDITH TEENS RESCUED IN SANDWICH

by Gair on November 13, 2012

A NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICER SAYS THREE TEENAGERS FROM MEREDITH WERE RESCUED SUNDAY NOV. 11 AFTER THEY GOT LOST WHILE HIKING IN SANDWICH.

CONSERVATION OFFICER LT. JIM GOSS SAYS HIS OFFICE WAS NOTIFIED BY THE CARROLL COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ABOUT 7 P.M. SUNDAY THREE HIKERS WERE LOST IN THE VICINITY OF MOUNT DOUBLEHEAD, ABOUT TWO MILES FROM THE TRAIL HEAD ON THOMPSON ROAD IN SANDWICH.

OFFICERS WERE ABLE TO LOCATE THE HIKERS USING GPS COORDINATES FROM THEIR 911 CALL AND FOUND THEM SHORTLY AFTER 9:30 P.M. SUNDAY ON THE RIDGEPOLE TRAIL.

GOSS SAYS 19-YEAR-OLD MATTHEW ARONOSSKY, 18-YEAR-OLD JOHN NELSON AND 16-YEAR-OLD MELISSA MARTIN WERE NOT HURT AND THE TRIO WERE WALKED BACK OUT TO THE TRAILHEAD AND GIVEN A RIDE TO THEIR CAR.

THE TEENS HAD INTENDED TO HIKE MOUNT MORGAN – AND HAD PARKED AT THE MOUNTAIN’S TRAILHEAD ON ROUTE 113 IN HOLDERNESS, BUT MISSED AN INTERSECTION AND ENDED UP ON THE WRONG TRAIL, WHERE THEY WERE OVERCOME BY DARKNESS.

GOSS REMINDS HIKERS TO PACK APPROPRIATE CLOTHING AND GEAR AND THAT HIKES OFTEN TAKE LONGER THAN ANTICIPATED – AND THE WEATHER CAN BE UNPREDICTABLE.

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