May 4, 2017 10:49 PM

Manchester hiker lost for days in NH mountains rescued

A hiker who has been lost in the White Mountain National Forest since Tuesday has been rescued.

On Tuesday at 2:45 a.m. New Hampshire Fish and Game were told of a 911 call where the hiker said he was lost, not on a trail, and had fallen in a brook. The call dropped before the man was able to give more details.

Fish and Game later identified that the hiker who had called was 53-year-old Randy Willett, of Manchester. Willett's family members provided the details of his hike to Fish and Game and said he expected to be hiking for four days.

Fish and Game and other searchers had been looking for Willett since Tuesday when another 911 call came in on Thursday at2:22 p.m. Willett still was unable to provide details about his location and the call was lost. However, officials were able to get coordinates on the cellphone placing Willett near the saddle between Mount Lafayette and Mount Lincoln.

The New Hampshire Army National Guard started a taxi aerial search and found Willett at 8:15 p.m. On the east side of Mount Lincoln.

Willett was taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center by a medical helicopter for evaluation. His condition is unknown at this time.

NH Fish and Game were assisted by NH Army National Guard, Pemi Valley Search and Rescue Team, Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue Team, US Forest Service, Civil Air Patrol, Grafton County Sheriff Department and NH 911 during the search.

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