NEW JERSEY HIKER HELPED OFF MOUNT WASHINGTON

by Christian Mower on July 23, 2012

A NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICER SAYS A 69-YEAR-OLD NEW JERSEY WOMAN WAS HELPED OFF MOUNT WASHINGTON SUNDAY AFTER SHE HAD TROUBLE HIKING DOWN THE JEWEL TRAIL.

CONSERVATION OFFICER SGT. WAYNE SAUNDERS SAYS DEE SCHARDT OF SEA GIRT WENT UP THE MOUNTAIN WITH A FRIEND ON THE COG RAILROAD AND THEN WAS GIVEN SOME BAD INFORMATION AT THE SUMMIT THAT THE JEWEL TRAIL WAS AN EASY WAY TO GET DOWN THE MOUNTAIN.

SAUNDERS SAYS BASED ON THAT INFORMATION, SCHARDT AND HER FRIEND STARTED HIKING DOWN THE JEWEL TRAIL SHORTLY BEFORE NOON SUNDAY WITHOUT ANY FOOD, WATER OR LIGHTS.

HIKERS GAVE SCHARDT FOOD AND GATOR AID AND STAYED WITH HER AND CONSERVATION OFFICERS WERE NOTIFIED AROUND 8 P.M. SUNDAY SHE NEEDED HELP. THEY HIKED UP TO HER TO HELP HER, AT TIMES GIVING HER PIGGY BACK RIDES.

RESCUERS MADE IT BACK DOWN THE COG RAILROAD PARKING LOT WITH SCHARDT ABOUT 11 P.M. SUNDAY. SAUNDERS SAYS SHE WAS EXHAUSTED BUT DID NOT ASK FOR MEDICAL HELP.

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