Dec 23, 2015 10:54 AM

NH conservation officers rescue lost hiker suffering from hypothermia along Franconia Brook


A hiker pressed his SOS beacon, letting officials know he was stranded somewhere along Franconia Brook on Tuesday.

The device was identified as belonging to Christopher Wright of Mattapoisett, Mass. A family member verified for officials that Wright had planned a two-day hike with the goal of climbing Owls Head Mountain, and was prepared with proper equipment.

Two conservation officers took ATVs to Franconia Brook, and then hiked a mile down the brook to the source of the distress signal. They found Wright in his tent on the bank of the brook, suffering from hypothermia. He had gotten turned around after bushwhacking from Lincoln Brook Trail, where high waters prevented him from crossing safely. The officers warmed Wright up, and helped him home on the ATVs.

Though Wright had the proper equipment, officials believed the persistent rain made him unable to keep warm in the mid-30 temperatures.

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