State Conservation Officers Rescue Cold, Injured Hikers

The hikers were rescued at the Falling Waters Trail in Franconia, NH

New Hampshire conservation officers and volunteers have rescued two hikers who spent a cold night on a mountain trail and two others who suffered injuries.

A search and rescue team responded to the Falling Waters Trail in Franconia Sunday after authorities learned of a hypothermic hiker. Rescued were 23-year-old Nick Forti of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, and 24-year-old Lauren Snively of Dorchester, Massachusetts. Authorities say they lacked appropriate overnight gear.

Sunday afternoon, James Graziano of Moriches, New York, was assisted after he was unable to continue hiking. He'd hurt himself after sliding down an icy trail in Bethlehem Saturday.

In another incident, 31-year-old Matt Hickey of Thornton, New Hampshire, was injured when a rock, likely dislodged by a thaw, struck him in Franconia.

The cold hikers were warmed up; the injured ones were evaluated at hospitals.

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