Turtle researcher discovers lost, injured hiker in NH state park
A Pembroke man can credit a biologist gathering field data on turtles for his rescue after he became lost and injured while hiking in a state park Tuesday night.
Levi Parry, 60, parked his car near the Bear Hill Pond Camps in Allenstown and began hiking in Bear Brook State Park Tuesday about 6 p.m. New Hampshire Fish and Game say that after hiking for about an hour Parry became disoriented and overcome by darkness.
Parry had no cell phone or flashlight. While trying to find his way Parry fell and became injured.
Unable to walk, Parry crawled through the woods in darkness, eventually coming to the corridor 15 snowmobile trail that runs through the park in Hooksett.
About 11:45 Wednesday morning, a New Hampshire Fish and Game Biologist Joshua Megyesy, who was studying turtles in the area, discovered Parry.
Megyesy aided Parry and called for emergency personnel, who arrived at 12:35 p.m. Parry was then placed in a litter and driven out of the woods to an awaiting ambulance to be transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.
NHFG Conservation Officer Geoff Pushee described the area where Parry was lost as "a big piece of woods 2 miles from the closest road."
Fish and Game officials say Parry was "extremely lucky that the biologist happened to be in the area this morning, if not this outcome could have been tragic," and are encouraging hikers to carry necessary equipment, hike with a partner and dress appropriately.