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Lost Hikers Rescued at Smarts Brook

February 1, 2018

On Monday, Jan. 29, there was a lot of fire/rescue/police activity at Smarts Brook trailhead in Thornton. According to a report on NH1 and the Campton-Thornton Fire Rescue Facebook page, two unprepared hikers were rescued after they wandered four miles off trail.

“Rosa Medeiros, 59, and Jorge Medeiros, 64, of Rumney, planned to hike a 1.8-mile loop along the Smarts Brook Trail and headed out at 1:30 p.m. On hour four of their hike, the Medeiros realized they had gone off the path.

“When nighttime approached, the hikers called for help.

“Fish and Game officers, Campton-Thornton Fire Rescue, Thornton police, and Waterville police found the pair using GPS coordinates generated from their call. At 7:30 p.m., the rescue team reached the hikers and then took ATVs and snowmobiles to transport the couple back to their car. 

“The rescue team found the duo over 4 miles from their starting point. Neither had extra clothing, food, water, a compass, map, flashlights, or gear with them. 

“Officials said that the couple did not have all of the Ten Essentials outlined in Hike Safe.

“Neither hiker were injured.”

Lost hikers rescued smarts brook

Image from www.facebook.com/CamptonThorntonFire

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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