JAFFREY, N.H. -- New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers were called to rescue three hikers on Mount Monadnock, late Sunday night.

At approximately 10 p.m., Carol Hardie, 56, her son Paul Baird, 34, and his wife Crystal, 28, all of Winchester, called 911 to report Carol had become weak and unstable due to an unknown medical condition.

The three hikers had summited on the White Arrow Trail and it was during their descent that Hardie began experiencing problems. They rested along the trail hoping her illness would pass. It did not and soon they were overcome with darkness.

They did not have flashlights or warm clothes which further complicated their dilemma. There were snow flurries on the mountain and temperatures in the high 30s.

Conservation Officers reached the group at 11:45 p.m. on the White Arrow Trail and escorted them off the mountain. Hardie was able to slowly hike down with assistance. She was transported to Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough for what is believed to be a non-life-threatening illness.

Conservation Officers would like to remind anyone who ventures outdoors to prepare for the unexpected by leaving adequate time to hike and by carrying the essential equipment such as flashlights and extra layers.


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