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Group of Massachusetts teen hikers rescued from NH trail – NBC Boston

The New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game rescued a group of teenage hikers from Massachusetts on Saturday night.

The department received a distress call from hikers on the Flume Slide Trail, approximately 3 miles from the Liberty Springs trailhead on the Franconia Notch State Park bike path around 9 p.m.

The hikers, led by 26-year-old Jonathan Long, were accompanied by three youths ages 13 and 14 from the Boston area. Their descent down the Flume Slide trail was impeded by a lack of lights and overnight equipment on the cold mountain, the department said in a written statement.

Conservation officers arrived at the group around 11:35 p.m. The group, assisted by officers, arrived at the bike path at 1:50 a.m. Sunday. They were then taken to their vehicle in the Liberty Springs parking lot.

This incident underscores the importance of hikers being properly prepared with the proper equipment, supplies, clothing, and trail knowledge. New Hampshire Fish & Game reminds hikers to have safe “rescue” plans and stay informed about current weather conditions.