Rescue response called for North Attleborough hiker

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    By Max Bowen-max.bowen@northstarreporter.com

    A North Attleborough woman and her friend became lost on their descent from the summit of Mt. Whiteface in Waterville Valley, prompting a response from first responders.

    The two hikers, Brittany Lasala-Diamond, 27, of North Attleborough and Vanessa Serio, 33, of Sarasota, Fla., reportedly lost the trail while navigating a river crossing on their descent on March 26 at 6 p.m. On arrival of first responders, both hikers had relocated the trail and completed the descent without further assistance. This information comes from a post to the NH Fish and Game Law Enforcement Division and Operation Facebook page.

    The hikers were navigating with the use of “All-Trails” app of their phone, however, were unsure of their bearing and how to return to the trail, which prompted their call. The pair were properly equipped with microspikes and warm clothing, however, they did not have a map, compass, or headlamps requiring the initiation of the rescue response. Limited cellular service in the area hampered efforts to direct the pair back to the trail.

    New Hampshire Fish and Game reminds hikers that although the valleys are rapidly losing snow cover, the mountains have substantial snow pack and winter-like conditions and encourage hikers to be properly prepared.

    New Hampshire Fish & Game is a self-funded agency which relies heavily upon volunteer rescue groups to complete the mission of search and rescue in the woodlands of the state.

    The public is encouraged to help support search and rescue activities in the state by purchasing a Hike Safe Card. New Hampshire Fish and Game also reminds hikers to prepare themselves before venturing out into the wilderness, including packing the ten essential items; map, compass, warm clothing, extra food and water, headlamp, fire starter, first aid kit, whistle, rain/wind jackets & pants, and a knife. For additional information, please visit www.hikeSafe.com.