3 hikers caught in rainstorm found after 2-day search
LINCOLN — New Hampshire Fish and Game officials locate three missing hikers after an overnight search of the surrounding area.
According to Fish and Game officers, three hikers departed from the Hancock Trail on Saturday and never returned to meet friends and family.
The group of hikers were supposed to complete a short day hike and return to the camping spot their loved ones were staying at. Around 10 p.m. the family became concerned when the trio had not been heard from since they left.
Due to heavy rains and swollen streams it was decided that they were likely stranded and unable to safely make the many stream crossings along their hike.
Conservation Officers and family say they checked the Hancock Trail and the surrounding areas but were unsuccessful in finding the missing hikers.
Volunteers from the Pemi Valley Search and Rescue Team, US Forest Service, and Conservation Officers took to the trail the next morning to check the several trails in the area as stream crossings had lowered to the point that they could be crossed safely.
Around 10:00a.m. a group of searchers located the three hikers on the Cedar Brook Trail approximately two miles from the trailhead.
The hikers were found wet and exhausted but otherwise uninjured.
The group reported that they were poorly prepared and carried minimal supplies for the 1.8 mile hike. At some point they lost direction and went further into the Pemi Wilderness, going nearly fourteen miles further than expected.
This search effort could have been avoided if the group had simply gotten a weather forecast before departing.