Jul 3, 2016 11:10 AM

Multiple rescues in northern White Mountains this weekend


State Fish and Game officers made a number of rescues this holiday weekend with the help of local responders.

The first rescue came Friday night when police received a 911 call from a lost father and son at the top of the Jewell Trail on Mount Washington. Ronald Proulx, 52, of Epsom, and Corey Proulx, 25, of Manchester, had planned on making a two-day hike from the Appalachia Trailhead in Randolph and finishing on Mount Washington before reaching their car at the Ammonoosuc Ravine trailhead. A storm moved in late Friday and the two became disoriented and lost, so they set up a tent for shelter above the treeline.

Saturday morning, Corey Proulx was able to summit the mountain to contact rescuers to help his father who was unable to summit and was suffering from mild hypothermia. Fish and Game officers responded to the summit of Mount Washington and hiked down to Ronald and helped him hike the 1¼ mile back to awaiting vehicles.

Shortly after that rescue, Fish and Game received another 911 call from an injured hiker near the summit of Mount Jackson in Bean's Grant. Keith Champagne, 45, of Mansfield Center, Conn., injured his lower leg while descending the mountain and couldn't continue on. Fish and Game officers along with volunteers from the Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue, Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue, AMC, and Twin Mountain Fire Department, were dispatched to the scene. Rescuers located Champagne at 7:30 p.m. and carried him down to an awaiting ambulance at 11:30 p.m.

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