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2 rescued after falls on New Hampshire’s Mount Major

February 10, 2019

ALTON, N.H. (AP) — Rescue workers are warning hikers to have appropriate traction devices to stay safe following a pair of rescues on New Hampshire’s Mount Major.

Officials say 19-year-old Matthew McGaunn, of Topsfield, Massachusetts, suffered a head injury Saturday when he lost traction and slid about 200 feet (61 meters) off a trail. It took several hours of bushwhacking to get his gurney to the bottom of the mountain, where he was airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.

Officials say a second hiker, 26-year-old Emily Field, of Medford, Massachusetts, was injured when she slipped and fell in a separate incident.

New Hampshire Fish and Game says the incidents are a stark reminder of the icy trail conditions at this time of the year. Alton and Guilford fire departments responded along with conservation officers.

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