TEXAS HIKER RESCUED BY HELICOPTER

by Christian Mower on August 1, 2012

A NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICER SAYS AN AILING 76-YEAR-OLD HIKER FROM TEXAS WAS FLOWN TO A HOSPITAL IN BERLIN TUESDAY AFTERNOON AFTER BEING AIRLIFTED OFF THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL IN SHELBURNE, NEW HAMPSHIRE NEAR MOUNT HAYES.

CONSERVATION OFFICER MARK OBER JR. SAYS WILLIAM KIMER OF LIVINGSTON WAS HIKING WITH TWO FRIENDS SUNDAY OFF THE MAHOOSUC TRAIL WHEN HE BEGAN TO FEEL ILL.

THE HIKERS CALLED FOR HELP TUESDAY MORNING AFTER KIMER’S SYMPTOMS WORSENED AND THE TRIO HAD ONLY BEEN ABLE TO HIKE FOUR MILES IN TWO DAYS.

RESCUERS FROM FISH AND GAME, GORHAM EMS AND THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB RESPONDED AND FIRST AID WAS GIVEN TO KIMER WHILE MORE RESCUERS WERE CALLED.

A NEW HAMPSHIRE NATIONAL GUARD BLACKHAWK HELICOPTER HOISTED KIMER OFF THE TRAIL ABOUT 2:30 P.M. TUESDAY BECAUSE OF THE LIMITED NUMBER OF RESCUERS AVAILABLE AND THE POTENTIALLY DIFFICULT CARRYOUT OF 3 MILES THEY FACED.

KIMER – DESCRIBED AS A LONG DISTANCE HIKER – WAS FLOWN TO ANDROSCOGGIN VALLEY HOSPITAL.

MEANWHILE, A SPOKESPERSON FOR FISH AND GAME SAYS THE FULL SCALE SEARCH FOR THE MISSING 72-YEAR-OLD NORTH CAROLINA MAN – HUGH ARMSTRONG – IN THE RUMNEY, NEW HAMPSHIRE AREA IS OVER.

JANE VACHON SAYS DESPITE A MULT-AGENCY SEARCH THAT LASTED THROUGH THE WEEKEND, NO SIGN OF ARMSTRONG HAS BEEN FOUND. ARMSTRONG LEFT FOR AN EARLY MORNING WALK AROUND STINSON LAKE WEDNESDAY, JULY 25TH, BUT DIDN’T RETURN.

A SMALL GROUP OF FISH AND GAME OFFICERS CONTINUED LOOKING FOR ARMSTRONG TUESDAY AND VACHON SAYS A TEAM OF DIVERS WILL SEARCH THE LAKE WEDNESDAY.