NH F&G RESCUES TWO

by Gair on June 17, 2013

NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICERS COORDINATED TWO SEARCH AND RESCUE MISSIONS OVER JUNE 14 – 15, 2013.

CONSERVATION OFFICER LT. WAYNE SAUNDERS SAYS EARLY SATURDAY AFTERNOON A 911 CALL CAME IN REPORTING A PENNSYLVANIA WOMAN HAD INJURED HER LEG AFTER SLIPPING ON A ROCK.

SAUNDERS SAYS RENU GUPTA OF SPRINGFIELD HAD BEEN HIKING ON MOUNT PIERCE IN BEANS GRANT, NOT FAR FROM CRAWFORD NOTCH STATE PARK.

CONSERVATION OFFICER MATT HOLMES WAS ABLE TO MAKE CELL PHONE CONTACT WITH GUPTA’S PARTY AND PERSONNEL FROM THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB GAVE HER FIRST AID AND HELPED HER HIKE FOR A WHILE.

LATER IN THE DAY GUPTA COULD NO LONGER WALK, AND CONSERVATION OFFICERS, AMC PERSONNEL AND U.S. FOREST SERVICE LAW ENFORCEMENT RANGERS HIKED UP TO HER AND CARRIED HER DOWN THE MOUNTAIN. SHE WAS THEN DRIVEN TO LITTLETON HOSPITAL.

IN ANOTHER INCIDENT, SAUNDERS SAYS A WOMAN FROM GORHAM REPORTED AROUND ONE A.M. FRIDAY HER 18-YEAR-OLD SON HAD NOT RETURNED FROM A RUN ON THE STONY BROOK TRAIL.

CONSERVATION OFFICERS STARTED SEARCHING IN THE DARKNESS AND AFTER DAYLIGHT THEY WERE JOINED BY AMC PERSONNEL, THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE, ANDROSCOGGIN VALLEY SEARCH AND RESCUE, MOUNTAIN RESCUE SERVICE, GORHAM FIRE AND EMS AND A HELICOPTER FROM THE MAINE FOREST SERVICE AS THEY STARTED A SYSTEMATIC SEARCH FOR TODD BOUCHARD IN THE CARTER MORIAH MOUNTAIN RANGE.

A SEARCH TEAM SPOTTED BOUCHARD OFF TRAIL IN THE SOUTHERN LEDGES OF MOUNT MORIAH ABOUT 4:30 P.M. FRIDAY AND A RESCUE TEAM FINALLY REACHED HIM ABOUT THREE HOURS LATER AFTER HIKING THROUGH STEEP TERRAIN AND DENSE BRUSH.

BOUCHARD WAS REUNITED WITH HIS FAMILY AT A TRAIL HEAD A FEW HOURS LATER.

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