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Jan 16, 2017 8:40 AM

Two UK hikers helped off of Mt. Monadnock

Two hikers from England were rescued from Mount Monadnock Sunday night.

New Hampshire Fish and Game officers responded to a call after Michael Gilson 26 of Oxford, England and Shaun Collins 25 of London, England called 911 after they became lost while hiking down from the summit about 5:40 p.m.

Fish and Game officials say the pair attempted to find their way back to the Park Headquarters without a map until they were overcome by darkness.

Shortly after calling 911 Gilson’s iPhone battery failed due to the cold and Conservation Officers were not able to speak with him. The hikers did not have flashlights or micro-spikes and were not prepared for temperatures dipping into the low teens or the icy trail conditions.

A pair of Conservation Officers located the hikers on the Marion Trail about a half a mile from the summit. The hikers were assisted to the Old Toll Road at approximately 8:45 p.m. where a Jaffrey Police Officer transported them back to their rental car at the Park Headquarters on Poole Rd.

NH Fish and Game would like to remind anyone who venture outdoors to prepare for the unexpected by leaving adequate time to hike and by carrying the essential equipment such as a map, flashlights, food, water, extra layers and to know your physical limitations.

Conservation Officers were assisted by the Cheshire County Sheriff’s Department Communications Center, DRED Mountain Patrol Rangers, and the Jaffrey Police Department.

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