3 Teens Among Group of Hikers Rescued from N.H. Mountain Trail, Officials Say: 'Dangerous Decision'

The group made it home over the weekend after alerting authorities

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New Hampshire hiking trail

A hiking trip turned into a rescue mission over the weekend when authorities say a group of four was “unprepared” for a trip up a New Hampshire mountain range and needed help getting back down. 

Three teenagers and a man were retrieved from a White Mountains trail on Saturday, May 11, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said in a statement regarding the incident.

State officials said that they were first notified on Saturday night about “a group of hikers on the Flume Slide Trail who called for help."

“They were descending the ... trail but could no longer continue because they had no lights and also did not have equipment to overnight on the mountain. A rescue was initiated because of the risk from the cold temperatures and the unprepared state of the group,” the statement continued.

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As for how they got stuck, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said that a “dangerous decision was made” by the group to descend the particular trail, “considered one of the most difficult” in the mountains, leaving them needing assistance.

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Conservation officers provided them with lights and other essentials so that they were able to come down the mountain carefully in the pre-dawn darkness.

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New Hampshire hiking trail

Officials went on to urge hikers "to not only make sure they are prepared with proper equipment, supplies and clothing but also with information about the trails, safe ‘bailout’ or contingency plans and current weather information.”

“Presently snow and ice still exist on many higher elevation trails which can create dangerous conditions even on pleasant spring days,” the statement concluded.

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