LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — A National Guard helicopter rescued an injured backcountry snowboarder in northern New Hampshire who had fallen and struck some rocks, state Fish and Game conservation officers mentioned.
The snowboarder, recognized as Patrick McQuaide, 31, of Pelham, was on a solo journey Friday in an space referred to as the Great Gulf in a ski run generally known as Turkey Shoot.
A backcountry skier, John Dwyer, 32, of Beverly, Massachusetts, noticed McQuaide fall and skied towards him. There was no cellphone protection, so he activated an emergency SOS swap on a monitoring machine, sending a message that McQuaide suffered severe accidents and was unable to stroll.
“Due to the extreme remoteness of the area and the reported serious nature of the injuries, a call was made to the Army National Guard for the possibility of a helicopter rescue,” Fish and Game Lt. Mark Ober, Jr. mentioned in a information launch. “The Guard was able to quickly assemble a crew and flew a Black Hawk helicopter north from Concord.”
The helicopter lowered a medic onto the slope. With Dwyer’s assist, McQuaide was hoisted into the helicopter and delivered to a hospital.
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