Apr 5, 2016 8:14 AM
7 hikers rescued, 2 hospitalized after getting lost in Thornton woods
THORNTON – Two teenage hikers are hospitalized after their group of seven became lost in the snowy, deep woods near the Smart's Brook Trail head last night.
The Union-Leader reported a group of four teens and three adult chaperones were hiking on the intermediate-to-easy level trails when two teens became lost. Two of the adults went back to find the two teens, and then the remainder of the group also got lost. One of the hikers climbed a hill and was able to get cellular service and called for help at about 9 p.m. All were located and out of the woods by 2:30 a.m.
The identities of the hikers were not immediately released. Two of the teens were taken to Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth for evaluation. Their injuries were not thought to be severe.
It was unknown if the hikers would be fined for their rescue. Crews from Campton-Thornton Fire Rescue, Waterville Valley Fire Rescue, and state Fish and Game cooperated on the rescue.