Injured hiker carried down Mount Belknap by over a dozen rescuers
GILFORD — An injured hiker had to be carried down Mount Belknap by more than a dozen responders Wednesday.
Gilford Fire-Rescue responded to the Boulder Loop Trail around 12:21 p.m. for a report of an injured hiker. The hiker was located on the just below the East Gilford Trail just over the summit of Mount Belknap.
Responders decided to access the location from Carriage Road and the Green Trail to the summit of Mount Belknap to avoid carrying the hiker out over the boulder field on the Boulder Loop Trail.
Upon arrival, rescue crews learned that a male patient had suffered a leg injury and was unable to walk down the mountain himself.
Crew members applied a splint, started an IV and kept the patient comfortable while two additional crews from Gilford Fire-Rescue made their way up the mountain to assist with the carry out.
The patient was carried back up to the summit of Mount Belknap, where crews from Belmont and Alton assisted with the carry down the Green Trail. At times the crews utilized a rope belay system to assist in lowering the patient and crew down slippery and difficult terrain. About two-thirds of the way down the Green Trail the patient was placed in Gilford Fire-Rescue’s six-wheel Polaris UTV to be brought down to a waiting ambulance.
He was then taken to Lakes Region General Hospital for further evaluation and care.
“This was a labor-intensive rescue. The patient was carried by hand most of the way off the mountain," Chief Stephen Carrier said. "They took their time and ensured the safety of both the patient and the rescuers.”
Officials said 13 personnel participated in the rescue, including two from the Alton Fire Department and third from the Belmont Fire Department.