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A week of rescues keeps local first responders busy


September 05, 2018
REGION New Hampshire Fish and Game and other responders had a busy week with a number of rescues last week. Two OHRV accidents occurred in Berlin, and rescues occurred in Randolph and Franconia.

On Sunday, Aug. 26, a 14-year-old male was injured in a dirt bike accident. At around 1:30 p.m., the teen, from Pembroke, was operating his dirt bike on the Brook Road Trail in Jericho Mountain State Park when he crashed into the back of another dirt bike operated by someone in his riding party. He was ejected from the dirt bike and sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries according to Fish and Game.

Members of his riding group and an off duty Emergency Medical Technician attended to the teen first and a call was made to a third party. Berlin Fire, Berlin EMS, Berlin Police and Fish and Game conservation officers all arrived at the scene. The teen was transported by Berlin Ambulance to the Androscoggin Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Fish and Game said in a statement that, upon investigation, inattention appears to be the main contributor of the crash.

A hiker was rescued in Franconia on, Tuesday, Aug. 27.

At about 2 p.m., Fish and Game received a report of a man who was injured on the Falling Waters Trail in Franconia.

Karl Hurtubise, 30, of Kennebunk, Maine, sustained an injury to his leg which prevented him from hiking back down the trail. 25 rescue members, including Fish and Game conservation officers and members of the Pemi Valley Search and Rescue Team located him at about 5 p.m. in the vicinity of Shining Rock which is almost three miles from the trailhead. After medical attention was given to his leg, he was carried out the trail which is very steep and slippery said Fish and Game. The crew arrived at the trailhead with Hurtubise at around 9:45 p.m. He was taken by family members to a hospital in Maine for treatment.

"Outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to purchase a Hike Safe card at wildnh.com/safe.,"Fish and Game encouraged in a statement. "The card helps support Fish and Game search and rescue activities. For safe hiking tips and a list of essential gear, visit hikesafe.com."

On Tuesday, Aug. 28, a woman was serious injured in Berlin due to an ATV accident. At around 10:30 a.m., Jonathan Gesin, 23, of Alexandria, Va., was operating an ATV on the Lake Loop Trail and tried to turn around but miscalculated the turn and he struck a tree. His passenger, Brittany Gesin, 22, also of Alexandria, Va., was ejected from the ATV and sustained injuries.

Members of their riding group called 911. Berlin Police, Berlin Fire, Berlin EMS, a Coos County Sheriff's Deputy, and a Fish and Game conservation officer all responded to the scene. Brittany Gesin was taken to the Androscoggin Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

The next day, on Wednesday, Aug. 29, a woman was rescued from Mount Madison in Randolph.

At about 1:41 p.m., a call was made to 911 concerning a hiker, Caroline G. Eyman, 22, of Manchester, Vt., was found by a hiking partner about a mile up from the Appalachia Trailhead and Eyman was unconscious and unresponsive. The location is at the intersection of the Beechwood May Trail and Airline Trail.

Three Fish and Game conservation officers ran up the hill and Conservation Officer James Cyr arrived at the scene first at around 2:29 p.m. Gorham EMS was next to arrive. Gorham EMS and and the conservation officers gave Eyman first aid and stabilized her. She was carried out by Fish and Game and by a Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue crew, and members of the Appalachian Mountain Club. The crews brought her down the trail in about 12 minutes.

"This is a great example of a team of rescuers recognizing a potential life threatening issue and working together to complete the mission effectively and timely," Fish and Game stated in a press release.

Eyman was taken to the Androscoggin Valley Hospital for treatment.

There was also a rescue after an UTV accident occurred on the Webster Highway in Temple on Aug. 26.

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