The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 15, 2005


Carlisle man rescued in White Mountains

Concerned that his brother, John Jackson, was lost while hiking in the White Mountains, Carlisle resident Mike Jackson contacted the New Hampshire State Police late Monday, April 11. Officers of State Police Troop E, whose area of coverage includes Crawford Notch, which was Jackson's destination, searched each trailhead parking area. "We didn't know which trail he was using," explained State Police Dispatcher Jones.

Successful search

After locating Jackson's Jeep, the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game was contacted. A team of searchers headed by Captain Marty Garabedian found Jackson, who was in good health, on Tuesday. Unknown to many people, explained Jane Vachon, of the NH Department of Fish and Game Public Affairs office, there is still plenty of snow in the Crawford Notch area. "John didn't have snow shoes," she explained. "You do need them in the White Mountains."

Rescue law

The NH Fish and Game Department promotes a "HikeSafe" program, run by Lieutenant Todd Bogardus. In 1999 a New Hampshire law was passed that states a hiker who "recklessly" causes a rescue may be billed for those rescue services. It is unclear whether Jackson will be required to pay for his rescue.

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