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Feb 27, 2016 8:29 AM

Hiker rescued near summit of Mount Cardigan


ORANGE - A 31-year-old hiker was rescued after injuring his leg on Mount Cardigan on Friday.

Fish and Game Conservation officers say Mark Ireland of Somerville, Mass. was hiking alone and had fallen around 2 p.m. coming down from the summit. A rescue team of firefighters from Canaan, Enfield and Grafton, volunteers from the Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team and state conservation officers set off from the West Ridge Trail and reached Ireland around 5 p.m.

In the interim, other hikers had found Ireland suffering from hypothermia and tried to get him moving to help him get warm.

Rescuers carried him 1.5 miles back down the trail where he was taken by ambulance to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

Conservation officers say Ireland lacked much of the equipment needed for hiking in winter conditions above tree line and was lucky rescuers were able to get to him promptly.

For safe hiking tips and a list of essential gear, visit hikesafe.com.


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