Apr 19, 2016 9:10 PM
Woman rescued from Gunstock area after becoming disoriented, unconcious on hike
First responders were able to locate a woman who became lost on a series of old ski trails at Gunstock ski area in Gilford Tuesday evening.
Gilford Fire Department Lt. Jeff Madon said what had begun as a recreational hike resulted in the woman becoming disoriented on an intertwined system of unused, unmarked trails.
The middle-aged woman's name and address was not available.
Lt. Madon said once lost the woman contacted family via cell phone. One the fire department was contacted, he said he requested that the lost woman disconnect the call to family.
Lakes Region Fire Dispatch was able to "ping" her phone, said Lt. Madon, to help them narrow their search area. Emergency workers then had her contact 911, which allowed them to more accurately pinpoint her location using GPS coordinates.
The technique, he said, "put it somewhere betwen the Alpine Ridge section and Juniper Ridge Road."
Emergency personnel gathered at Gunstock's main entrance at 719 Cherry Valley Road with an ambulance, rescue truck and and ATV.
Lt. Madon said shortly after they zeroed in on her location they lost contact with the patient "due to a medical condition." Two search teams set out on foot.
Rescuers eventually located the woman, and 911 dispatchers were able to hear them arrive at her location through the open phone line.
The woman was evacuated from the area on the department's ATV. She was transfered to an ambulace on Juniper Ridge Road.
"Fortunately it came to a conclusion before it became dark," said Lt. Madon. About 15 first responders from Gilford Fire Department, Gilford Police Department and the Belknap County Sheriff Department were involved in the rescue.