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Published on May 20, 2024
Boston Hiker, 74, Rescued After 15-Foot Fall in New Hampshire's Monadnock State ParkSource: Wikipedia/Sdkb, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

An elderly hiker from Massachusetts had a rough fall and needed to be rescued from Monadnock State Park, officials reported. Antoniou Panagiotis, 74, from the Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain, took a spill on the Spellman Trail, tumbling some 15 feet which left him with serious upper body injuries, as stated by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department reported by MassLive.

The injured party couldn't make it down the mountain without help, resulting in a distress call to the authorities by Panagiotis' hiking buddy around 8:20 p.m. Despite the late hour, it wasn't until a couple of hours later that two conservation officers were able to reach the stricken hiker, providing first aid on the spot before escorting him down, as noted by Patch.

The ordeal began at 11:30 a.m. with what was supposed to be a routine hike, but the pair found themselves, according to officials, ill-prepared for an overnight situation that unfolded when they awaited rescuers who brought along water, warm clothing, and headlamps to aid the gentlemen in their unforeseen circumstances.

Finally, by 1:40 a.m. on Monday, the hikers made it back to their vehicle at the park's headquarters, with Panagiotis turning down an ambulance. Instead, he opted to be driven back to Massachusetts by his hiking partner, after the incident. This incident served as a stark reminder to all outdoor enthusiasts about the importance of proper preparation, cited by officials who emphasize the need to expect the unexpected while hiking.