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May 4, 2016 7:10 AM

Compass app helps rescuers find injured hiker on Mount Monadnock


JAFFREY - A hiker with a minor injury was lost on Mount Monadnock Tuesday and was found six hours later with the help of the compass app on her phone.

N.H. Fish and Game officials said Brooke Stanton, 18, of Nashua, and Britny Ragonese, 21, of Pelham were descending Mount Monadnock when they veered off the trail and became lost. Stanton had a minor injury and waited while Ragonese went to the base to notify park personnel at 10:30 a.m. Stanton called 911 several times but due to poor cellular service, the GPS coordinates obtained from her call proved inaccurate and sent rescuers to various false locations on the mountain during the search.

Fish and Game Lt. David Walsh was able to contact Stanton her cell phone and coached her how to use the compass application on her phone which provided accurate GPS coordinates and rescuers were able to locate her at 4:30 p.m. Stanton was able walk down the mountain with assistance.


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