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Apr 17, 2016 11:16 AM

Rescuers help 3 lost hikers on Mt. Kearsarge

The Associated Press

ANDOVER — New Hampshire Fish and Game officials say three Colby-Sawyer College students were rescued after they became lost descending Mount Kearsarge in Andover.

Authorities say none of the hikers had a map, GPS, compass or extra gear.

The three — 21-year-old Rebecca Brisson of Charlemont, Massachusetts, 21-year-old Yarai Mehiar of Jordan and 21-year-old Kavyaa Rizal of Nepal — took a different trail on their descent Saturday and wound up off trail and wandering deeper into the woods. After two cell phones lost power, they used a third to summon help at about 4 p.m.

Officials were able to get accurate GPS coordinates from the call and searchers made their way toward them.

Conservation officers reached the hikers at 6:25 p.m. and led them out of the woods.

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