PORTSMOUTH WOMAN RESCUED OFF CRAWFORD NOTCH TRAIL

by Christian Mower on October 5, 2012

A NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICER SAYS A PORTSMOUTH WOMAN WAS SUCCESSFULLY CARRIED OFF A TRAIL IN CRAWFORD NOTCH THURSDAY AFTER SHE INJURED HER KNEE.

SGT. BRIAN ABRAMS SAYS 64-YEAR-OLD SHAWN McEACHERN WAS HIKING DOWN THE KEDRON FLUME TRAIL WITH HER HUSBAND IN CRAWFORD NOTCH STATE PARK SHORTLY AFTER NOON WHEN SHE FELL.

HER HUSBAND HIKED OUT AND CALLED FOR HELP AND FOUR CONSERVATION OFFICERS RESPONDED, ALONG WITH FIREFIGHTERS FROM BARTLETT AND NORTH CONWAY – AND BARTLETT-JACKSON AMBULANCE.

RESCUERS HIKED UP ABOUT 3 QUARTERS OF A MILE AND CARRIED McEACHERN BACK DOWN.

ABRAMS SAYS THE TRAIL WAS SOMETIMES STEEP, WET AND COVERED WITH LEAVES.

RESCUERS REACHED THE TRAIL HEAD ABOUT 3:45 P.M. THURSDAY AND THE VICTIM WAS TAKEN TO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN NORTH CONWAY.

ABRAMS SAYS SHE WAS VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE RESCUE EFFORT.

ABRAMS RECOMMENDS HIKERS CONSIDER CARRYING A HIKING POLE BECAUSE THE TRAILS ARE SLIPPERY THIS TIME OF YEAR.

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