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Woman, 56, helped from Mount Monadnock after she becomes ill


JAFFREY - A 56-year-old woman was assisted off a trail at Mount Mondanock Sunday night after she became weak and unstable.

Fish and Game conservation officers were called to the park about 10 p.m. after three hikers from Winchester needed help.

Carol Hardie, 56, her son, Paul Baird, 34, and his wife Crystal, 28, all of Winchester, called 911 to report that Hardie had become unstable due to an unknown medical condition. The three had summited the White Arrow Trail, and during their descent Hardie began experiencing problems.

The trio rested along the trail, hoping her illness would pass. It did not and soon they were overcome with darkness. They did not have flashlights or warm clothes, and there were snow flurries on the mountain with temperatures in the high 30s.

Conservation officers reached the group at 11:45 p.m.  and escorted them off the mountain. Hardie was able to slowly hike down with assistance and was transported to Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough for what is believed to be a non-life-threatening illness.

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