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Injured hiker rescued from Avalon trail

October 19. 2017 4:44AM

BETHLEHEM — A female hiker with an injured ankle had to be helped off the Avalon trail, a rescue that started Wednesday night and continued into the wee hours of Thursday morning.

New Hampshire Fish and Game said they received the call for an injured hiker 1.3 miles up on the Avalon trail at about 7 p.m., according to a press release.

The hiker, Donna Knowles, 57, had injured her ankle and couldn't walk out alone, Fish and Game said.

Rescuers from the Appalachian Mountain Club and Fish and Game met at the AMC Highland Center in Crawford Notch and then began hiking up the trail.

Initially, rescuers tried to help Knowles walk down the trail, but they realized she needed to be carried out, according to Fish and Game.

“Due to a hiker death in Franconia Notch, this rescue had a skeleton crew for the carry out and they carried to the early hours of the morning getting out at 3 a.m.,” Fish and Game said.

Knowles refused medical attention, saying she would seek it on her own, according to Fish and Game.

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