A 34-year-old man from Norwell, Mass., was rescued by helicopter Monday from Franconia Ridge in the White Mountains after falling and sustaining a serious injury that left him unable to walk, New Hampshire officials said. .
Matthew Lawrence was about half a mile from the summit of Mount Lafayette, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said in a statement. Two members of Lawrence’s group went to Greenleaf Hut for help from the Appalachian Mountain Club, said the agency, which received a call about the injured hiker around 3:40 p.m. Monday.
“Due to the nature of the injury and the location approximately 4.5 miles from the nearest trailhead, a call has been made to the New Hampshire Army National Guard in Concord,” said the agency. “The Army National Guard deployed a helicopter and crew and responded to the Franconia Ridge location. … At approximately 6:15 p.m., the helicopter was able to lift Lawrence and a fellow hiker off the ridge and transported them to Littleton Regional Hospital for medical treatment.
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