Hiker with broken ankle rescued

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, February 26, 2018

A Wilton woman was rescued by first responders on Thursday afternoon after she broke her ankle in the woods. 

Margaret Olesen, 51, of Wilton, was walking along the power lines in the area of 130 Captain Clark Highway around 12:51 p.m. when she slipped, fell, and broke her ankle, according to Wilton Police Chief Eric L. Olesen. 

“Once we figured out where she was, it took us about 20 minutes to get to her,” said Olesen, who said she was about three-quarters to one mile off the road. “Asplundh was in the area cutting trees and lent us a Kawasaki Mule-type vehicle to get us in to the patient.”

Olesen said the four-seat UTV was extremely helpful, as it helped the crew get to the patient in a timely manner. Olesen said there was a request in to use a similar machine owned by Lyndeborough. 

“The terrain was rough and hilly,” said Olesen. “We were able to strap the patient in the backseat with the injury supported.”

Olesen declined to comment when asked if there was any relation between himself and the woman rescued. 

Olesen recommends that anyone hiking should notify someone else of where they are going, in the event that something like this happens. Olesen said emergency responders were able to find Olesen because she called on her cell phone. 

Olesen was transported to a hospital in Nashua after being removed from the woods. 

Wilton fire and Lyndeborough fire personnel also assisted on the rescue. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.