Several crews conduct hours-long rescue off Hunger Mountain

WATERBURY, Vt. (WCAX) – Nineteen rescuers from five search and rescue teams rescued a 31-year-old man from Florida, who slipped over icy rocks and injured his ankle on Saturday afternoon. The rescue lasted about five hours, mostly in the dark.

The Waterbury Backcountry Rescue Team said the man was walking alone when he was injured about 2,800 feet on the Worcester side of the mountain.

The first teams were called up just after 2:20 p.m. Two passing hikers stayed with him until the first rescuer arrived at the scene at 4:30 p.m.

The hiker’s ankle was tied and he was placed in a hypothermia bag. Shortly after 5 p.m., in the dark, the evacuation began. The hiker was transported through steep, icy and rocky conditions through a series of relays. Upon reaching an old forest path, an ATV led the hiker the rest of the way.

All of the lifeguards and hikers reached the base of the trail around 7 p.m. A friend took him to the hospital.

Rescuers recommend that you always hike with at least one other person, take plenty of warm clothing, food, water, and always leave the mountain well before dark. Authorities say ice lianas and headlamps are essential on any fall hike.

The teams involved were the Camels Hump Backcountry Rescue Team, Colchester Tech Rescue, Mad River Valley Ambulance Service, Stowe Mountain Rescue and the Rescue Team in the Waterbury hinterland.

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