NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME HAS BUSY WEEKEND WITH RESCUES

by Christian Mower on July 16, 2012

A NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICER SAYS VIRTUALLY ALL TYPES OF GEAR, TRAINING AND VOLUNTEER RESOURCES WERE USED THIS WEEKEND FOR VARIOUS RESCUES AS SUMMER VISITORS TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE GOOD WEATHER FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.

CONSERVATION OFFICER MATT HOLMES SAYS THE RESCUES STARTED LATE FRIDAY NIGHT WHEN HE HIKED IN FROM THE COG RAILWAY ON MOUNT WASHINGTON’S JEWELL TRAIL TO ASSIST A FAMILY OF FOUR FROM FLORIDA WHOSE ONLY FLASHLIGHT HAD RUN OUT OF BATTERIES.

HOLMES FOUND THE STRANDED FAMILY JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT AND PROVIDED THEM LIGHTS SO THEY COULD FOLLOW HIM BACK TO THEIR VEHICLE, WHERE THEY ARRIVED ABOUT 1 A.M. SATURDAY.

AROUND 6 P.M.SATURDAY, CONSERVATION OFFICER CHRIS EGAN AND PITTSBURG POLICE OFFICER ADAM CHENEY STARTED SEARCHING FOR A MISSING TEEN NEAR FIRST CONNECTICUT LAKE AFTER THE TEEN WENT FOR A HIKE AND DIDN’T RETURN. CHENEY FOUND THE TEEN ON THE SHORE OF THE LAKE ABOUT 40 MINUTES LATER.

CONSERVATION OFFICERS THEN RESCUED A WOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT WHO WAS HAVING KNEE PROBLEMS WHILE HIKING ON MOUNT WASHINGTON’S TUCKERMAN RAVINE TRAIL. FROM THE HERMIT LAKE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB SHELTER, CONSERVATION OFFICER LT. DOUG GRALENSKI USED AN ATV TO GET THE WOMAN DOWN THE SHERBURNE SKI TRAIL TO THE AMC PINKHAM NOTCH VISITOR CENTER, ARRIVING JUST BEFORE 10 P.M. SATURDAY.

TWO OTHER INJURED HIKERS WERE ABLE TO MAKE THEIR WAY DOWN TO THE VISITOR’S CENTER WITHOUT HELP.

THE RESCUES CONTINUED SUNDAY, AS JUST BEFORE 10:30 A.M. OFFICERS WERE NOTIFIED A 54-YEAR-OLD DOCTOR FROM PHILADELPHIA HAD SERIOUSLY INJURED HIS ARM AFTER HE FELL WHILE HIKING ON LOWE’S PATH ON MOUNT ADAMS.

THE MAN WAS GIVEN FIRST AID BY MEMBERS OF HIS HIKING PARTY, AND GRALENSKI REQUESTED HELP FROM A NEW HAMPSHIRE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD HELICOPTER BECAUSE OF THE INJURED MAN’S REMOTE LOCATION. THE HELICOPTER CREW LIFTED THE MAN OFF MOUNT ADAMS ABOUT 1 P.M.SUNDAY AND FLEW HIM TO DARTMOUTH HITCHCOCK MEDICAL CENTER.

MEMBERS OF THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB PROVIDED GEAR AND RADIO SUPPORT.