Waterville Valley Department of Public Safety officers, along with a conservation officer with the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department, responded to an incident involving an injured hiker on Saturday, June 23.
According to media reports, a 35-year-old Needham, MA woman was hiking with a group of friends on Saturday at about 2 p.m. when she “severely injured” her ankle after summiting Sandwich Mountain in Waterville Valley.
New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officer Jonathan Demler reported that others in her hiking group attempted to help the woman back to their vehicle, but progress was slow and they called 911 requesting help.
The rescue party reached the injured hiker on the Sandwich Mountain Trail just after 4 p.m. and helped her with the rest of the descent. The group made it down to the trail head around 7:30 p.m. and the woman was hospitalized.
Demler said in a statement, “The hikers were prepared with adequate clothing and equipment for the dropping temperatures and steady rain,” He added, “Hikers in the White Mountains should be prepared for changing weather conditions and always have Hike Safe essentials.”