Teen hikers rescued in Rumney after app sends them to wrong trail
October 19. 2015 7:28AM
RUMNEY — Three teens were rescued Sunday night near the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain after a Google app sent them to the wrong trail, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game officials.
Conservation officers and a good Samaritan located the three hikers, identified as Haley Whitehouse 18, of Somersworth, Baily Ryan, 18, of Middleberry, Vt. and Allison White, 18, of Weybridge, Vt., after they called 911 for help.
The hikers had used a Google app, downloaded on one of their cell phones, about 2 p.m. to find a way to ascend the mountain. The app sent them to the wrong parking lot and trails and instead of taking the main trail, the hikers bushwhacked through the woods to try and reach the summit, officials said.
When the terrain became too steep and darkness fell, they called for assistance.
Rescuers had to descend near steep cliffs off the trail in the darkness to reach them. They were helped down the mountain, arriving at the trailhead at 8:30 p.m., officials said.
Fish and Game officials remind hikers to have the appropriate gear in case of emergencies, especially since temperatures are dropping and sunset arrives earlier.
For information on safe hiking, visit hikesafe.com .