2 Unprepared Hikers from Massachusetts Rescued in White Mountains
LINCOLN — Two hikers from Massachusetts were rescued by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department late Tuesday night after they were separated from their group.
Fish and Game say the group of five were hiking the Old Bridle Path and the Franconia Ridge Trail when they became separated.
Devin Kenney and Alan Tsidilkovski from Chelmsford, Massachusetts, descended the Falling Waters Trail, as planned, but the others did not meet them in the parking lot. Kenney and Tsidilkovski were able to make contact with two of the missing people, Aaron Schaefer and Justin Kaminuma, also from Chelmsford, by cellphone and found out they were on the Liberty Springs Trail trying to find the trailhead. A third hiker, Michael Sylva, was alone and could not be reached.
Kenny and Tsidilkovski then called 911 to request assistance in locating their friends.
Fish and Game officers responded and found Schaefer and Kaminuma around 10 p.m. on the Liberty Springs Trail. Sylva had found his way back to the trailhead without assistance.
Fish and Game said none of the hikers had flashlights or any equipment to stay overnight in the woods. Temperatures were in the low 30s and expected to drop in the mid-20s during the night.