Sep 6, 2016 10:54 AM
4 hikers rescued past midnight after getting lost on White Mountains
WHITE MOUNTAINS — Multiple hikers were rescued from the White Mountains on Sunday after losing sight of their trails.
Hikers Shira Marvit, 37 of Forest Hills, NY and Mark Bernstein, 42 of Central Islip, NY, called 911 in fear that they had lost the trail while descending the Jewell Trail in Thompson & Meserves Purchase at about 10:30 p.m. NH Fish and Game spent a considerable amount of time on the phone trying to guide the hikers onto the trail before deciding to send out a conservation officer to help locate and guide the hikers to the bottom.
Marvit and Bernstein were successfully located at about 12 a.m. They safely made it out of the trail at about 12:30 a.m. after being guided down the trail by the conservation officer.
A second call from hikers lost off a trail to NH Fish and Game happened at about 2 a.m. Rula Theodoropoulos, 23 of Brodheadsville, PA and Alejandro Gonzalez, 27 of Boyertown, PA were attempting to descend from the summit of Mt. Washington down Tuckerman Ravine and Lion Head Trail in Sargent's Purchase when they lost the trail at about 12:40 a.m. They called 911 and tried to re-locate the trail but were unsuccessful. A second call to 911 prompted a response from the same conservation officer who had responded to Jewell Trail earlier.
While waiting for the conservation officer, Theodoropoulos and Gonzalez successfully made it to Auto Road where the conservation officer picked them up just before 4 a.m.
Lack of trail knowledge and inexperience hiking in the White Mountains was the main factor in both these hiker rescue calls.