A member of a search and rescue crew who was on a hike in New Hampshire Saturday was in the right place at the right time to help rescue an injured hiker.
New Hampshire Fish and Game officials received a report of an injured hiker on the Carter-Moriah Trail at roughly 1:45 p.m. Saturday.
The hiker, Diane Regan, 51, of Dracut, Massachusetts, was hiking on the trail when she slipped and fell on some wet rocks. Regan said she heard a snap and could no longer put weight on her leg after the fall.
After an attempt to self-extricate, she realized that she could go no further. A call from another hiker was made to 911 for assistance and was relayed to Fish and Game through New Hampshire State Police Dispatch. It was relayed that Regan was one mile above Mount Surprise on the Carter-Moriah Trail, which is approximately three miles from the trailhead.
Conservation officers responded to the trailhead while making calls to receive help from Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue team. While this rescue coordination was taking place at the trailhead, a Lakes Region Search and Rescue team member, who was hiking the same trail on his own time, came across Regan.
The team member, and another hiker, helped Regan down the trail, approximately one mile, to make the rescue effort easier and get her out of the woods quicker.
Once this team of two met up with the group of AVSAR and conservation officers, she was packaged into a litter for a short ways and then loaded onto an ATV. The ATV was used to take her just under two miles.
The teams reached the trailhead at approximately 6 p.m. with Regan. She declined medical treatment and transportation from an ambulance and was driven from the trailhead in a personal vehicle.