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Stranded hiker, dogs helped to safety from snowy summit of Mount Lafayette

Union Leader Staff

FRANCONIA — Search-and-rescue teams trudged through waist-deep snow in the dark to reach a stranded Canadian hiker near the summit of Mount Lafayette Wednesday evening.

He was guided back to safety early Thursday, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said.

Vincent Hevey, 25, of Quebec, got a message to relatives Wednesday afternoon saying he was having trouble finding his way down in whiteout conditions after reaching the summit with his two dogs, Fish and Game said in a release Thursday.

Hevey, who lost his gloves at the top of the mountain, eventually located the Franconia Ridge Trail and stayed there, huddling with the dogs while waiting for rescuers to reach him in the difficult conditions, Fish and Game said.

A team of conservation officers and volunteers from the Mountain Rescue Service reached Hevey just before 1 a.m., about 800 feet south of the summit, Fish and Game said.

Rescuers needed to take time rewarming their own extremities before being able to descend to the trailhead with Hevey and the dogs, the release said.

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