Lieutenant James Kneeland
July 19, 2021
Lincoln, New Hampshire – On Sunday, July 18 at 3:05 p.m., the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department was notified of a hiker with a medical emergency on the Liberty Springs Trail in Lincoln. Samuel Mitchell, 67, from Belfast, ME, was hiking in a group when he suffered a medical emergency and was unable to continue. Members of the Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team and conservation officers from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department responded to the trail to assist. Mitchell was able to descend the trail a short distance and rescuers met him on the trail about 1.6 miles from the bike path at 4:40 p.m. Mitchell was placed in a litter box and transported to the trailhead. , arriving at 7 p.m. Mitchell received additional medical treatment from members of the Franconia Life Squad and was then transported to Littleton Regional Healthcare. The hiking team were very well equipped and prepared for the planned hike.
Thornton, New Hampshire – At 4:50 p.m. on Sunday, July 18, as rescue teams responded to a medical emergency on Liberty Spring Trail, a second call from an injured hiker on Dickey Mountain in Thornton was reported to the New Hampshire Fish and Game. The lone hiker reported a lower leg injury that prevented her from continuing without assistance. The hiker was located about 2.2 miles from the trailhead near the top of Dickey Mountain. A team from the Campton / Thornton Fire Department and a member of the Waterville Valley Security Department were already ascending the trail and it was determined that further assistance would be required. Members of the Lake District search, rescue and conservation officers were called in to respond. As the rescue team approached the bike path on Liberty Spring Trail, additional rescuers were dispatched from Pemi Valley Search and Rescue to Dickey Mountain to help with the completion. At 9:20 p.m., the rescue team arrived at the trailhead. The hiker, identified as Christina Walen, 51, of Westford, MA, was taken by Campton / Thornton firefighters to Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth for further evaluation and treatment. Walen was well prepared for a day of hiking and the trail conditions.
Conservation officers would like to remind anyone planning to enjoy the outdoors this summer to plan ahead and make safe decisions. Hikers should be prepared with essential hiking gear and familiar with the terrain and the challenges it can present. Please visit http://www.hikesafe.com for more information.