Hiker carried off Mount Monadnock Sunday

Monday, July 30, 2018 10:17AM

An injured hiker was carried off Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey Sunday night.

Richard Tortolini, 62, of Boxboro, Mass., had hiked to just below the summit of the mountain and was descending when he injured his leg on a rocky section of trail and was no longer able to continue, New Hampshire Fish and Game said in a press release.

NH Fish and Game Conservation Officers received a call around 6 p.m. Sunday from Monadnock State Park personnel requesting assistance with a hiker who suffered a lower leg injury on the White Cross Trail.

Mountain Patrol Rangers reached Tortolini and provided him medical care. The rangers then enlisted several passing hikers to assist with the carry-out. A team of Fish and Game Conservation Officers, Mountain Patrol Rangers and 13 volunteers carried Tortolini off the mountain. The team reached park headquarters with Tortolini at 9:25 p.m.

“The White Cross Trail has very steep rocky sections which required the use of belaying equipment to safely lower Tortolini,” NH Fish and Game said in the press release.

Tortolini was taken from the Park Headquarters to the Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough by the Jaffrey Rindge Memorial Ambulance.