National Guard Helicopters Assist With Hiker Emergencies In White Mountains

FRANCONIA, NH — At 12:49 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation officers were alerted to a hiker suffering from a medical emergency at the summit of Mount Lafayette in Franconia. Two phone calls had been placed to 911; one call went to Vermont 911 while the other ended up going to Maine 911. Both calls were eventually transferred to NH 911 when it was learned that the calling party was in New Hampshire.

The calls were eventually dropped, but it was learned that a nurse who was on scene had advised of a male who was suffering a serious medical episode. Calls to the reporting party went unanswered. It was decided that the caretaker at the AMC Greenleaf Hut would hike up to the summit to determine what was going on.

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