Sep 22, 2014 5:31 PM

NH Fish & Game rescuers carry two off mountain, find missing girl

Conservation officers were busy over the weekend with two rescues and a missing persons case.

The missing persons case involved a 15-year-old girl from Lakeview Neurorehab in Effingham, who left the facility and entered nearby woods on Saturday morning.

Members of the Carroll County Sheriffs Department, Ossipee Police, Effingham Police and Conservation Officers responded.

Sheriffs deputies and Ossipee Police K-9 units located the girl's shoes in the woods and the search expanded throughout the afternoon to include the state police helicopter.

The girl was found just before 4 p.m. in the woods a short distance off of Highwatch Road and was transported by ambulance from the scene for evaluation and treatment.

In the first rescue, Fish and Game received a 911 call of an injured hiker on the Gulfside Trail in Low and Burbanks Grant in the Presidential Range at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

First responders from AMC's Madison Hut and RMC's Gray Knob worked to locate the hiker just past the junction of Gulfside Trail and Israel Ridge Path around 2:15 p.m.

The injured hiker, identified as Suzanne Chiarito, 46, of Arlington, Mass., had been hiking from Madison Spring Hut to Lakes of the Clouds hut along the Gulfside trail when she slipped and fell on a slippery rock.

Conditions on the ridge were wet, with winds around 50 mph gusting to 60 mph with temperatures in the 40's. Summits and ridge line were in the clouds most of the day, according to Fish and Game officials.

Rescuers from N.H. Fish and Game, Androscoggin Valley Search & Rescue, Appalachian Mountain Club, and EMT/Wilderness First Responder students at Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities responded.

Rescuers hiked in from the summit of Mt. Washington, Caps Ridge Trail off of Jefferson Notch Road, and Lowe's Path off of Route 2 in Randolph.

The injured hiker was kept warm and treated at the scene by fellow hikers and AMC and RMC rescuers. When conservation officers arrived at 4:52 p.m. the hiker was able to hike out with assistance the nearly five miles down Lowe's Path to an ambulance from Gorham, arriving at 12:30 a.m.

Chiarito was transported to Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin by Gorham.

Officers were also called to Cannon Mountain on Saturday night for a 911 call.

Two rock climbers from Massachusetts had spent the day climbing Cannon Cliffs. Once they reached the top they were unable to locate the climber's trail due to wind, fog, mist and a lack of light.

Two Conservation Officers located the two shortly after 10 p.m., and were able to equip them with lights and guide them to the Kinsman Ridge Trail and eventually to the base of Cannon Mountain, arriving at 1:30 AM. The two climbers were identified as Allison Welsh of Chelsea Massachusetts and Zachary Chalmers of Somerville Massachusetts.


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