Helicopter Rescue

A National Guard helicopter was used to rescue a climber who fell while climbing on Cannon Cliffs Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019.

FRANCONIA — Rescuers called in a National Guard helicopter to reach a 20-year-old man who fell 50 feet while climbing on Cannon Cliffs Sunday.

Fish and Game officers received an emergency signal about 11:30 a.m. from the cliffs, where the man, who officials did not identify, had fallen, was unconscious and was stuck halfway up the cliff, a news release said.

Rescuers with Pemi Valley Search and Rescue and the Mountain Rescue Service used the Cannon Mountain Tram to reach the summit before trying to reach the man, the news release said.

About 4 p.m., the National Guard helicopter was able to lower a medic 160 feet to the injured climber.

The man was loaded into a litter, hoisted to the helicopter and then taken to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment, the news release said.

The climber’s identity was withheld until family could be notified, officials said.

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