Rescuers Respond to Several Emergencies in NH Mountains
Photo — Facebook/Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team
FRANCONIA— A group of 26 people made up the rescue team for a Massachusetts woman injured while hiking in the New Hampshire mountains Sunday, one of three incidents on the same day.
According to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 70-year-old Joanne Waters, of Newbury, Massachusetts, fell in the vicinity of the Greenleaf Hut shortly before 2 p.m. and injured her lower leg. A crew from the Appalachian Mountain Club and hikers from the University of Vermont assisted her to the hut. She was placed on a rescue litter and the group began carrying her down the Greeleaf Trail to meet Fish and Game officers and volunteers from the Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team, who were hiking up the trail from below.
The two groups met about 5:30 p.m. and arrived with Waters about 8:30 p.m., where she was met by family members to be taken for further evaluation of her injuries.
At the same time the Greenleaf rescue was occurring, Fish and Game received a report of a fatigued hiker on the Dickey Trail in Thornton. The hiker was having difficulty descending the trail and was about a mile from the trailhead.
A Fish and Game conservation officer, along with members of the Campton-Thornton Fire Department and Waterville Valley Department of Safety responded and eventually made contact with 65-year-old Michael Brennan of Holyoke, Massachusetts, who was escorted to the trailhead, arriving about 6:30 p.m.
Earlier in the day, at about 9:30 a.m., Fish and Game also helped 63-year-old Rose Mary Ayers, of Hanover, who fell about 15 feet while on the Falling Waters Trail near Cloudland Falls. Ayers was carried out by a litter by conservation officers and Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue volunteers. She was taken to Littleton Regional Hospital for evaluation of her injuries.