RESCUERS CARRY MASS. MAN OFF CHOCORUA

by Christian Mower on August 27, 2012

A NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICER CREDITS A LARGE TEAM OF RESCUERS – INCLUDING FIREFIGHTERS FROM CONWAY, TAMWORTH AND MADISON – WITH HELPING CARRY A 38-YEAR-OLD MASSACHUSETTS MAN MORE THAN THREE MILES OFF A DIFFICULT MOUNTAIN TRAIL IN ALBANY SATURDAY.

SGT. BRIAN ABRAMS SAYS RICHARD MACEDO OF METHUEN WAS HIKING WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND ON THE PIPER TRAIL ON MOUNT CHOCORUA ABOUT HALF A MILE FROM THE SUMMIT WHEN HE SLIPPED AROUND 3:30 P.M.

THE FIREFIGHTERS JOINED FOUR CONSERVATION OFFICERS AND VOLUNTEERS FROM MOUNTAIN RESCUE SERVICE AND ANDROSCOGGIN VALLEY SEARCH AND RESCUE TO CARRY THE INJURED HIKER.

ABRAMS SAYS MACEDO TWISTED HIS ANKLE – PROBABLY FRACTURING IT – AND HE WAS NOT ABLE TO PUT ANY WEIGHT ON IT. ABOUT TWO DOZEN RESCUERS HELPED CARRY HIM IN A LITTER FOR ABOUT A MILE DOWN A STEEP PART OF THE TRAIL AND FOR ANOTHER TWO MILES THEY WERE ABLE TO ATTACH A TIRE TO THE LITTER AND ROLL IT.

ABRAMS SAYS THE PARTY REACHED A WAITING AMBULANCE ON ROUTE 16 ABOUT 10 P.M.

MACEDO WAS THEN TAKEN TO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN NORTH CONWAY.

ABRAMS CAUTIONS THAT HIKES OFTEN TAKE LONGER THAN ANTICIPATED AND THE WEATHER IS UNPREDICTABLE.

HE URGES ANYONE PREPARING FOR A HIKE TO CHECK THE WEBSITE AT www.hikesafe.com FOR A LIST OF RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT.