GPS coordinates  complicate rescue  at Monadnock

JAFFREY — Inaccurate GPS coordinates delayed rescue of three men from Mount Monadnock on Sunday evening, according to a press release issued by the N.H. Fish and Game.

Fish and Game Conservation officers went to Mount Monadnock on Sunday at approximately 6 p.m. in search of three Massachusetts men who became lost while descending the mountain. Max Stoff, 20, Benjamin Adams-Keane, 20, and James Rose, 19, all of Arlington, Mass., were descending on the Marlboro Trail when they lost the path and became disoriented on the southwest side of the mountain, according to the release. The men called 911 to report they were lost.

Rescuers took GPS coordinates obtained from the cell phone call as a starting point for the rescue, but instead of helping rescuers, the information — found to be inaccurate — complicated search efforts.

Conservation officers found the hikers uninjured shortly after 8 p.m., near the Marlboro Trail in the vicinity of Shaker Farm Road in Jaffrey.

The hikers were without the necessary equipment, including lights, adequate food, water and clothing, to stay overnight at the mountain, which was not planned for, according to the release. Fish and Game’s Law Enforcement Division asks that hikers be self-reliant and not depend on cell phones as the only means for rescue.

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