ALBANY — An Iowa man collapsed while hiking Mount Chocorua, and rescuers helped him hike 3 miles down the trail.
Dylan Rutter, 28, of Clive, Iowa, was hiking with his father, according to a news release from the state Fish and Game Department. They had reached the top of Mount Chocorua and were hiking down when Rutter collapsed on the Piper Trail. He could not stand up again. Rutter’s father called 911 around 1:45 p.m. Friday.
State Fish and Game officers, Lakes Region Search and Rescue, Mountain Rescue Service and Forest Service personnel went to the trail. Rescuers hiked 3 miles from the trail head to reach Rutter, arriving just after 4:30 p.m.
He was assessed by the rescuers and with their assistance was able to walk down the trail.
This incident is a good reminder to plan appropriately when hiking.
Fish and Game reminds hikers to always carry appropriate equipment for unexpected situations and to be prepared to spend the night if necessary.
Go to www.hikesafe.com for a list of recommended hiking equipment.