Injured, lost hikers rescued
N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers were kept busy with two rescues, one after the other, at Mount Monadnock on Tuesday afternoon and evening, according to a press release issued Wednesday afternoon by Conservation Officer Jonathan M. DeLisle.
At 3:11 p.m., Fish and Game was called for report of a hiker in need of assistance who had sustained a lower leg injury. The victim, Jocelyn Frain, 32, of Hinsdale, was located two hours later near the summit of the White Arrow Trail.
“Upon her descent down the White Arrow Trail from the summit, [Frain] rolled her right ankle and wedged it between two rocks,” DeLisle wrote. “Frain worked her way down the mountain by her own power, until enough help arrived to carry her down by litter. A team of conservation officers, staff from the Monadnock Park, and volunteers from Rescue Inc. and Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team then carried Frain by litter to the ambulance ... she was transported to Cheshire Medical Hospital in Keene for evaluation at 7:05 p.m.
An hour later, conservation officers were again called to Mount Monadnock for a lone hiker, Douglas Phenan, 22, of Concord, lost near the summit. “The lost hiker was located by a team of Conservation Officers and Jon Mcinerney of Monadnock State Park,” DeLisle said. “Douglas was not prepared to encounter darkness, wind or colder temperatures, and thought it would be an easy hike. Douglas actually passed rescue crews around 6 p.m., as rescue crews were carrying Frain down the mountain; Douglas passed crews and continued to hike up the White Arrow Trail to the summit.”
Conservation officers had located Phenan and escorted him back to his vehicle at the base of the mountain by 10:45 p.m.