Sep 18, 2016 10:36 AM

Female hiker assisted down trail in Franconia Notch after a fall

LINCOLN - A Massachusetts woman is safe after falling in Franconia Notch on Saturday evening.

The woman, of Hudson, Mass., slipped and slipped and fell on Little Haystack Mountain while descending the Falling Waters Trail. As a result of the fall, the woman sustained several non-life threatening injuries. After the fall, the hiker’s companion and several other passerby hikers provided initial first-aid and worked together to assist the hiker down the trail.

A conservation officer from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and a member of the Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team (PVSART) responded to the Lafayette Place Trailhead to provide assistance to the injured hiker. Once on scene rescuers assessed the woman's injuries, gave first aid treatment and provided the group with lights to aid in a safe descent.

The injured hiker declined further medical treatment at the trailhead and was transported by privately owned vehicle to the hospital.

According to Conservation Officer Robert Mancini, “Many of the rescues that rescue personnel have responded to in 2016 have occurred as a result of hikers not being properly equipped with either adequate footwear or a light source. Outdoor enthusiasts can significantly reduce the likelihood of a rescue by simply taking the time to plan ahead and by wearing appropriate gear for the conditions. Having appropriate gear and essential backcountry skills can keep you safe, but proper planning and preparation is paramount.”

Essentials for Summer Day Hikes:
1. Map
2. Compass
3. Warm Clothing
4. Extra Food and Water
5. Flashlight or Headlamp
6. Matches/Fire starters
7. First Aid Kit/Repair Kit
8. Rain/Wind Jacket and Pants
9. Whistle
10. Pocket Knife

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