Sep 30, 2016 8:44 AM

Officials airlift injured hiker to NH hospital after falling on trail in Franconia

FRANCONIA — N.H. Fish and Game rescued a 60-year-old hiker that had fallen and suffered serious injuries on the Falling Waters Trail in Franconia.

John Evans, of Jacksonville Fla., was on a day hike with his wife at the time of the incident. Evans and his wife has hiked to shining rock and were descending the Falling Waters Trail when he fell and suffered serious head and neck injuries two miles from the trail head.

Evans wife called for assistance at about 3:35 p.m. Conservation Officers from the NH Fish and Game Department arrived on scene at about 5:20 p.m.

A N.H. Army National Guard Helicopter was summoned in order to airlift Evans to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical for treatment of his injuries. Officials on the scene carried Evans in a litter for about a quarter of a mile to reach a small opening in the trees. Evans was airlifted to the hospital at about 6:40 p.m.

Outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to purchase a Hike Safe card at The card helps support Fish and Game search and rescue activities. For safe hiking tips and a list of essential gear, visit


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