Epsom man rescued from remote snowmobile trail

January 04. 2017 6:03AM


PITTSBURG -- An Epsom man was treated and released at the scene Tuesday night after he had to be rescued from what officials called a "remote location."

According to a press release from New Hampshire Fish and Game, rescue personnel received an emergency call for help at 9:45 p.m. from Christopher Thayer, 48. Thayer's snowmobile was stuck in a ditch next to the trail near Rump Mountain, in a remote area of Pittsburg.

"Cell coverage was minimal and it was initially believed that the man may have been suffering a medical emergency at an unknown location on the trail," the press release said, adding that "the weather was nasty with wind-driven sleet and snow."

Personnel from the Pittsburg Fire and Police Departments, U.S. Border Patrol, and Fish and Game responded on snowmobiles as part of the rescue attempt.

Thayer was able to text the Pittsburg Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club Trailmaster, "who determined Thayer's location and that he was not having a medical emergency, but needed to be rescued from the remote location," the release said.

Thayer was located on Trail 144 near the Maine border at about 11:15 p.m. .

Pittsburg Fire personnel got Thayer and his snowmobile out to US Route 3 at East Inlet Road, where he was evaluated by 45th Parallel EMS personnel and released.

"It appears as though rider fatigue and riding alone were factors leading up to the call," the release said, adding that a a Pittsburg firefighter brought Thayer and his snowmobile back to his rental camp in Stewartstown.

Fish and Game added, "This situation highlights just one of the many dangers of riding alone in remote areas, especially during the nighttime hours."


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