Man rescued from Cannon Mountain hiking trail in Lincoln

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LINCOLN — Conservation Officers and volunteers successfully rescued a 67-year-old hiker from New Jersey, who sustained a leg injury on the Hi-Cannon Trail on Cannon Mountain in Franconia Notch yesterday.

Jahnsz Witkowski, of Wallington, New Jersey, was hiking with his adult son when he slipped and fell on wet rocks. Despite his injury, Witkowski initially tried to continue but eventually had to call for help.

After receiving the distress call, Conservation Officers, accompanied by 24 volunteers from the Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team, initiated a response.

They reached the injured hiker around 9 p.m., providing warmth and stabilizing his injury.

At 10 p.m., the rescuers began the challenging 1.5-mile descent, navigating steep, narrow, and rough terrain to the trailhead.

They arrived with Witkowski shortly before 1 a.m. on June 27, after which he was transported to Littleton Regional Hospital in Littleton, NH, by LinWood Ambulance for further treatment.

The father and son were described as experienced hikers, well-equipped for the terrain and conditions they encountered.

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