Lost Bedford Hikers Rescued by NH Fish and Game
Conservation officers found them while assisting another hiker.
New Hampshire Fish and Game officers rescued two lost Bedford hikers while assisting another lost hiker in Franconia on Saturday night.
Around 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Fish and Game was notified by state police dispatch of a lost hiker near the summit of Little Haystack in Franconia, according to a state police press release. The hiker, Mark Wilson, 29, of Manchester, had become disoriented and lost the trail after mistaking the Shining Rock Trail for the Falling Waters Trail. He called 911 to request assistance.
Conservation officers gave Wilson directions and got him back on the right trail, but by that time, it had gotten dark and he did not have a flashlight or a headlamp on him, the press release said. Wilson also didn't have the appropriate food, water, clothing or equipment, so conservation officers hiked up the Falling Waters Trail to retrieve him.
While providing assistance to Wilson, conservation officers came across two other lost hikers – Corey Robertson, 25, and Analia Olivia, 20, of Bedford – along with their dog.
All three hikers were given headlamps, food and water and were assisted down the mountain safely to the Lafayette Place Trailhead. None of the hikers had appropriate hiking gear for the back country, including a flashlight or headlamp.
Fish and Game urges hikers to pack appropriate clothing and equipment while hiking, as hikes can often take longer than anticipated and weather is unpredictable. For a list of recommended equipment, go to www.hikesafe.com.