Massachusetts Rock Climber Rescued from NH Ledge After 50-Foot Fall
CONWAY — A Massachusetts rock climber was rescued from a ledge in New Hampshire after falling 50 feet on Saturday.
35-year-old Keith Rehermann, of Wakefield, Mass, was 50 feet up a cliff when he fell at Woodchuck Ledge. Several pieces of gear that Rehermann had placed to stop his fall failed, and he landed at the base of the climb. His climbing partner was able to call 911 for help.
The cliff was more than a half mile from the road where members of Conway Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service and New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Department officers responded from.
Rehermann sustained injuries to his right side. Because there was concern for his spine, he was immobilized, placed in a litter, and lowered from the ledge. Rehermann was carried to a waiting ambulance and was then transported to the Memorial Hospital in North Conway for treatment.
In addition to rescue personnel, nearby climbers assisted throughout the incident.