Hikers Rescued

by Cooper on December 13, 2013

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A NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICER SAYS A 21-YEAR-OLD MASSACHUSETTS MAN WHO WAS RESCUED THURSDAY) AFTERNOON AFTER SPENDING A BITTERLY COLD NIGHT IN THE WHITE MOUNTAINS MIGHT NOT HAVE SURVIVED IF HE HADN’T BEEN CARRYING SOME COLD WEATHER GEAR, INCLUDING A SLEEPING BAG.

CONSERVATION OFFICER SGT. BRIAN SUTTMEIER SAYS* *DAVID FIELDING OF WILMINGTON MADE THREE MISTAKES: HIKING ALONE, INTENTIONALLY LEAVING THE MARKED TRAIL AND GOING HIKING WHEN BAD WEATHER WAS PREDICTED.

SUTTMEIER SAYS FIELDING STARTED HIKING WEDNESDAY MORNING IN FRANCONIA NOTCH IN LINCOLN BY GOING UP THE FALLING WATERS TRAIL – AND THEN INTENTIONALLY WENT OFF THE TRAIL AND GOT LOST IN THE WOODS.

FISH AND GAME WAS ALERTED EARLY THURSDAY MORNING FIELDING WAS OVERDUE AND A SEARCH PARTY OF CONSERVATION OFFICERS AND VOLUNTEERS FROM MOUNTAIN RESCUE SERVICE – ASSISTED BY A NEW HAMPSHIRE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD HELICOPTER – SET OFF AT DAYBREAK TO LOOK FOR HIM.

OTHER HIKERS FOUND FIELDING SHORTLY AFTER NOON THURSDAY A FEW HUNDRED FEET FROM THE SUMMIT OF LITTLE HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN – AND HE WAS AIRLIFTED OFF BY THE HELICOPTER AND THEN TAKEN BY AMBULANCE TO A HOSPITAL IN LITTLETON.

SUTTMEIER SAYS FIELDING SUFFERED MILD HYPOTHERMIA BUT NO MAJOR INJURIES.

THE SERGEANT REMINDS HIKERS AND CLIMBERS THEY WILL EXPERIENCE MID-WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ABOVE THE TREELINE, INCLUDING HIGH WINDS, BLOWING SNOW AND ICE – AND THAT HIKERS AND OTHERS SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR THE ARCTIC-LIKE CONDITIONS.

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