May 05. 2017 4:32PM

Manchester hiker found, recovering from hypothermia


A Manchester hiker is recovering from hypothermia after getting lost and spending nearly a week in the White Mountain National Forest.

Randy Willett, 53, was rescued by a New Hampshire Army National Guard helicopter crew Thursday night, after rescuers spent three days searching for him in the Pemigewasset Wilderness. He was found on the east side of Mount Lincoln, according to the state Fish and Game Department.

Willett’s brother, Dan Willett, said in an emailed statement that his brother suffered hypothermia from his ordeal but was “responding favorably to treatment” at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.

“We cannot express how in awe and thankful we are for all involved in his rescue,” Dan Willett said. “Whether they gave an hour or worked the whole three days, we will never forget the effort these men and women put in.”

Willett said the Fish and Game Department, which spearheaded the ground and air search by volunteers, conservation officers, National Guardsmen and members of the Civil Air Patrol, kept the family informed throughout. And he said they “handled the difficult situation with the utmost professionalism.”