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Maine man injured on Mount Major


August 06, 2020
ALTON — At approximately 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 31, New Hampshire Fish and Game was called to rescue an injured hiker, Alan Helmreich, 59, of Sanford, Maine, on the orange trail on Mount Major. He was hiking alone and while on his way down from the summit he injured his leg and was unable to put weight on it.

Rescuers were able to carry him back to the summit where he could be placed in the back of an OHRV and driven to the awaiting ambulance at the bottom at approximately 2:30 p.m. Rescuers from Alton Fire and Rescue and Lakes Region Search and Rescue as well as Conservation officers contributed to the rescue.

New Hampshire Fish & Game is a self-funded agency, which relies heavily upon volunteer rescue groups to complete the mission of search and rescue in the woodlands of the state. The public is encouraged to help support search and rescue activities in the state by purchasing a Hike Safe Card. New Hampshire Fish and Game also reminds hikers to prepare themselves before venturing out into the wilderness, including packing the ten essential items; map, compass, warm clothing, extra food and water, headlamp, fire starter, first aid kit, whistle, rain/wind jackets & pants, and a knife. For additional information, please visit www.hikeSafe.com.

Varney Smith
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