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Injured hiker rescued in White Mountain National Forest


NORTH CHATHAM — About 35 volunteers helped carry a Rochester man a mile down a steep and rocky trail after he fell and injured his leg on the Basin Pond Trail in the White Mountain National Forest.

According to New Hampshire Fish and Game officials, about 4 p.m. Thursday Peter Lacoste, 63, was hiking the trail with his family when he slipped on a rock about a mile from the Basin Pond Campground.

His injuries left him unable to walk, so a family member hiked out to the campground to call for help.

Fish and Game were notified and they asked for help from area Maine fire and rescue organizations that routinely provide mutual aid to North Chatham.

About 35 volunteers from those organizations – the Saco Valley, Gilead and Lovell fire departments, Fryeburg Fire and Rescue and the Mahoosuc Mountain Rescue Team — and four Fish and Game conservation officers, carried Lacoste safely down the mile-long, very steep and rocky trail.

About 8:30 p.m., they reached a waiting ambulance at the campground. Lacoste was taken to Memorial Hospital in North Conway for further evaluation and treatment.

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