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Camper rescued from Mt. Chocorua after leg injury
A crew of 16 volunteers from area search-and-rescue groups climbed more than 3 miles in driving rain to reach the boy Friday morning, according to John Hansen, a member of Pemi Valley Search and Rescue Team who participated in the rescue.
The teen and a counselor had spent Thursday night in a tent on the Three Sisters Trail and managed to stay fairly warm and dry, Hansen said.
The rest of the campers, who are attending LPC summer camp in Freedom, hiked with another counselor to the other side of the mountain and spent the night in a lean-to shelter below the treeline.
It took about five hours Friday to carry the injured youth out to the trailhead, where he was met by Conway Rescue Squad and taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment.
The rescue effort was coordinated by U.S. Forest Service and included volunteers from Mountain Rescue Service, Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue, Appalachian Mountain Club and Pemi Valley Search and Rescue Team.
Hansen noted the U.S. Forest Service was overseeing the rescue, ordinarily the task of the state Fish and Game Department, so that Fish and Game officers could attend to the family of Conservation Officer Sgt. Brian Abrams.
Abrams, a 49-year-old father of two from Conway, died Tuesday from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident two days earlier.
Hansen said word went out within the search-and-rescue community that they could supp
ort Fish and Game officers by helping out with such incidents throughout this weekend.
"We have about 20 team members on standby to fill any gaps in...coverage" during Abrams' funeral on Saturday, he said.
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