Man In Critical Condition Following Fall

by Mower on March 18, 2013

in News

A NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICER SAYS A 55-YEAR-OLD NEW BOSTON NEW HAMPSHIRE MAN WAS LISTED IN CRITICAL – BUT STABLE – CONDITION SUNDAY AT A HOSPITAL IN LEBANON AFTER HE FELL WHILE ICE CLIMBING IN CRAWFORD NOTCH STATE PARK SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

CONSERVATION OFFICER ALEX LOPASHANSKI SAYS ERIC SCOVILLE WAS SOLO CLIMBING THE STANDARD ROUTE AT FRANKENSTEIN CLIFFS UNROPED AND WAS NEAR THE TOP OF AN ICE BULGE AROUND 2:30 P.M. SATURDAY WHEN HE FELL ABOUT 70 FEET TO THE GROUND.

OTHER CLIMBERS NEARBY – INCLUDING MOUNTAIN RESCUE SERVICE MEMBER ZEBULON JAKUB – WHO IS ALSO A GUIDE WITH THE INTERNATIONAL CLIMBING SCHOOL – ASSESSED SCOVILLE’S INJURIES, CALLED FOR HELP AND PACKAGED HIM IN A LITTER, BEFORE CARRYING HIM ABOUT A HALF MILE TO THE ARETHUSA FALLS PARKING LOT, WHERE HE WAS TAKEN BY BARTLETT JACKSON AMBULANCE TO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN NORTH CONWAY.

FROM MEMORIAL, SCOVILLE WAS AIRLIFTED BY DHART HELICOPTER TO DARTMOUTH HITCHCOCK MEDICAL CENTER.

HIS CONDITION MONDAY COULD NOT BE IMMEDIATELY DETERMINED.

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