NEW BOSTON MAN UPGRADED TO “FAIR” AFTER NOTCH FALL

by Gair on March 18, 2013

HOSPITAL OFFICIALS IN LEBANON HAVE UPGRADED THE CONDITION OF A 55-YEAR-OLD NEW BOSTON, NEW HAMPSHIRE MAN WHO WAS CRITICALLY INJURED AFTER HE FELL WHILE ICE CLIMBING IN CRAWFORD NOTCH STATE PARK SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

A SPOKESPERSON FOR DARTMOUTH HITCHCOCK MEDICAL CENTER SAID LATE MONDAY MORNING ERIC SCOVILLE WAS IN “FAIR” CONDITION.

NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME CONSERVATION OFFICER ALEX LOPASHANSKI SAYS SCOVILLE WAS SOLO CLIMBING THE STANDARD ROUTE AT FRANKENSTEIN CLIFFS UNROPED AND WAS NEAR THE TOP OF AN ICE BULGE AROUND 2:30 P.M. SATURDAY WHEN HE FELL ABOUT 70 FEET TO THE GROUND.

OTHER CLIMBERS NEARBY – INCLUDING MOUNTAIN RESCUE SERVICE MEMBER ZEBULON JAKUB – WHO IS ALSO A GUIDE WITH THE INTERNATIONAL CLIMBING SCHOOL – ASSESSED SCOVILLE’S INJURIES, CALLED FOR HELP AND PACKAGED HIM IN A LITTER, BEFORE CARRYING HIM ABOUT A HALF MILE TO THE ARETHUSA FALLS PARKING LOT, WHERE HE WAS TAKEN BY BARTLETT JACKSON AMBULANCE TO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN NORTH CONWAY.

FROM MEMORIAL, SCOVILLE WAS AIRLIFTED BY DHART HELICOPTER TO DARTMOUTH.

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