May 6, 2015 11:33 AM
Hikers from Quebec rescued in NH's White Mountains
LINCOLN - Warm weather has contributed to snow melt and rising waters along the trails in the White Mountains, causing problems for at least one pair of hikers this week, according to the N.H. Fish and Game Department.
The high water delayed two hikers from Quebec and a friend raised an alarm on Monday when the pair did not returned home as scheduled, officials said. Eric Dube, 38, and Veronique Roy, 34, of Granby, Quebec, were described as experienced hikers who had parked and left on a hike from the Lincoln Woods Trail head.
Fish and Game Officers responded to the area on Tuesday morning and found the hikers’ car still at the parking lot. Officers also discovered that because of the warm weather on Monday the rivers and streams had a significant increase in volume due to the increased runoff.
Fish and Game Officers located Roy on the Lincoln Brook Trail at the Franconia Brook crossing. They were not able to cross the brook to get to her and were forced to backtrack to find a safe crossing. They were eventually able to get to her and escort her and her dog out of the woods.
Dube was successful in getting out on his own and arrived at the Lincoln Woods Trail Head at around 1:20 pm. Fish and Game Officers arrived at the trail head with Roy and her dog at around 4:00 pm. Neither hiker suffered any injuries.
Fish and Game officials are warning hikers that the melting snow at higher elevations is creating some difficult and dangerous river crossings on the trail and to plan accordingly.