ALEXANDRIA — Two Rhode Island women were rescued after becoming stranded near the summit of Mount Cardigan, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said Monday.
Joyce Christie, 53, of Mapleville, R.I., and Heidi Bucci, 43, of North Scituate, R.I., called for help from a rock slab Sunday night, saying they were unable to hike up or down from the steep section of trail, Fish and Game said in a release. Both women were dehydrated and cramping, according to the release.
A conservation officer joined search-and-rescue personnel from Canaan and Enfield, assisting Christie and Bucci to the summit, then hiking down with them along the West Ridge Trail, Fish and Game said.
The women were taken to the Cardigan Mountain Lodge, arriving after midnight, Fish and Game said.
Fish and Game issued a reminder to all hikers that the Holt Trail is one of the most difficult in the state.
“The signs posted along the trail are not posted needlessly and hikers should take them seriously,” Fish and Game said in the release.
The women’s call came in as other rescues were going on in the region, Fish and Game said.
Fish and Game also assisted Sunday night with the rescue of a Massachusetts man who had become lost on Mount Moosilauke in Benton.
Kyle Pember, 35, of Northborough, Mass., called for help around 6 p.m. Sunday and conservation officers were able to determine his location through the GPS coordinates from the 911 call, Fish and Game said.
Conservation officers found Pember and assisted him back to the trail, then down to the Ravine Lodge in Wentworth, according to a release.
Fish and Game received another call around the same time Sunday night regarding a Massachusetts woman in need of assistance after injuring her leg on the Old Bridal Path trail.
Le Qu, 23, of Cambridge, Mass., was unable to continue under her own power, Fish and Game said. Conservation officers and volunteers from the Pemigewasset Valley search-and-rescue team carried her down the trail, arriving at the parking lot around 10:20 p.m., according to the release.