NH CONSERVATION OFFICERS BUSY WITH WEEKEND RESCUES

by Christian Mower on June 18, 2012

AN INFLUX OF VISITORS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE NICE WEATHER THIS WEEKEND KEPT NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICERS BUSY.

CONSERVATION OFFICER MATT HOLMES SAYS STAFF FROM THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB WERE SOME OF THE FIRST SEARCHERS FRIDAY NIGHT WHEN AUTHORITIES WERE NOTIFIED AROUND 9 P.M. A 62-YEAR-OLD GERMAN MAN WHO HAD NO LIGHT AND WASN’T FAMILIAR WITH THE MOUNTAIN HAD BECOME SEPARATED FROM HIS PARTY NEAR THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT WASHINGTON.

LESS THAN AN HOUR AND HALF LATER THE MAN WAS SPOTTED MAKING HIS WAY DOWN THE COG RAILWAY TRACKS TOWARD THE BASE STATION.

IN ANOTHER INCIDENT SATURDAY MORNING, HOLMES SAYS A STAFF MEMBER FROM THE RANDOLPH MOUNTAIN CLUB AND TWO OTHER “GOOD SAMARITANS” GAVE FIRST AID TO 48-YEAR-OLD ELISA RANEY OF GLASTONBURY, CONN. AFTER SHE SERIOUSLY INJURED HER SHOULDER WHILE HIKING WITH A PARTNER ON MOUNT ADAMS NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF THE GREY KNOB TRAIL AND THE PERCH PATH TRAIL.

HOLMES AND OTHER VOLUNTEERS FROM THE RANDOLPH MOUNTAIN CLUB TRAIL CREW HIKED IN AND RANEY – DESPITE BEING IN SEVERE PAIN – WAS ABLE TO HIKE ALL THE WAY TO ROUTE 2, ARRIVING ABOUT 1 P.M.. SHE WAS THEN TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL IN BERLIN.

DURING THAT RESCUE EFFORT, ANOTHER CALL IN CAME IN ABOUT A 49-YEAR-OLD EXPERIENCED HIKER FROM PLYMOUTH, MASS. WHO WAS EXPERIENCING WEAKNESS AND DIZZINESS WHILE HIKING ON MOUNT STAR KING IN JEFFERSON.

CONSERVATION OFFICERS GLEN LUCAS AND BOB MANCINI RESPONDED TO ASSIST GREGORY DOLAN – AS DID PERSONNEL FROM WEEKS MEDICAL CENTER AND JEFFERSON FIRE AND RESCUE.

DOLAN WAS FOUND ABOUT TWO MILES UP THE TRAIL AND WAS TAKEN DOWN OFF THE MOUNTAIN AND TO A HOSPITAL IN LANCASTER.

HOLMES SAYS HE’S GRATEFUL FOR THE HELP FROM PERSONNEL FROM THE APPALACHIAN AND RANDOLPH MOUNTAIN CLUBS, MOUNT WASHINGTON STATE PARK, THE WEEKS MEDICAL CENTER AND JEFFERSON FIRE AND RESCUE – AND TO THE GROSS FAMILY FROM JEFFERSON, WHO PROVIDED AN ATV ON SHORT NOTICE.