Fish and Game officials: Unprepared Mass. hikers helped off trail in Lincoln
November 08. 2017 9:17AM
LINCOLN - Two Massachusetts hikers who officials said were unprepared for conditions needed help off the Liberty Springs Trail when they became separated from their hiking party Tuesday.
According to a release from the state Fish and Game Department, a group of five from Chelmsford, Mass. were hiking the Old Bridle Path and Franconia Ridge Trail when they became separated. Two of the group, Devin Kenney and Alan Tsidilkovski dscended the Falling Waters Trail to the parking lot as planned, the release said, but the other three - Michael Sylva, Aaron Schaefer and Justin Kaminuma - did not arrive. Kenney and Tsidilkovski were able to contact Schaefer and Kaminuma via text, who said they were on the Liberty Springs Trail and were trying to get to the highway, officials said. Sylva did not respond, officials said, so the pair called 911.
Fish and Game officers began searching for the overdue hikers and were told by state police that Sylva had made it to the trailhead, the release, said.
Officers found Schaefer and Kaminuma about 10 p.m. on the Liberty Springs Trail.
According to officials, none of the hikers had flashlights or any equipment to stay overnight in the woods, where temperatures were in the low 30s and were expected to drop into the mid-twenties overnight.