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Hiker rescued from Mount Washington

GORHAM - A Massachusetts man who grew too sick to continue a climb up Mount Washington was assisted to safety after a hiker from another group went for help at the summit, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said Sunday.

Wayne Taylor, 62, of Mashpee, Mass., started the trek from the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center around 6:45 a.m. Sunday, Fish and Game said in a release Sunday. Taylor began feeling sick about 11 a.m., but kept hiking until about 12:30 p.m., when his condition had deteriorated to the point he could not continue.

Taylor and his companions had gone far enough to be out of range of cellular phone service, but another group hiking the same trail included a nurse practitioner and an EMT stopped to assist Taylor. Another member of the second group continued to the summit and alerted staff at Mount Washington State Park.

A park staffer joined the hiker on the trip back down the mountain to where Taylor and the others were waiting. According to the release, Taylor had recovered enough to hike slowly with some assistance to the Mount Washington Auto Road, where Fish and Game and park staff drove the group back to the base of the mountain around 4 p.m.

Taylor was checked out by an ambulance crew, but declined further treatment.



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