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Helicopter pulls pair of lost, stranded hikers from Dry River drainage

May 21. 2018 12:55PM
Rescuers used a New Hampshire National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter to hoist two lost hikers from the Dry River drainage early Monday. (COURTESY)

Rescuers used a N.H. National Guard helicopter overnight Monday to extract two Massachusetts hikers who became lost off trail in the White Mountain National Forest.

State Fish and Game officers were first contacted for rescue about 1 p.m. Sunday when the hikers, Christopher Hart, 25, and Allison Porcelli, 24, of Cambridge activated their personal locator beacon after becoming stranded in deep snow in the Dry River drainage south of Mount Washington, according to a news release.

Conservation officers began the rescue at the summit of Mount Washington, hiking to the Lakes in the Clouds shelter, then down the Dry River Trail and eventually off trail to find the stranded pair. Hart and Porcelli were located, cold and wet but uninjured, about 2:10 a.m., the release said.

Because of the snow, as well as high water in the Dry River, rescuers called for a National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, which lifted the hikers and two conservation officers from a steep, snow- and ice-covered wooded area and brought them to the AMC Highland Center in Crawford Notch, the release said.

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