LANCASTER, N.H. (WPRI) — A pair of hikers from Rhode Island were rescued from a New Hampshire ravine after becoming stranded for hours.
According to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, Daniel Rueda, 27, of Warwick and Christopher Petteruto, 21, of Coventry were hiking in the area of Huntington Ravine on Mount Washington Sunday when they became lost and were unable to return to the trail.
The department said the first rescue call came just after 1 p.m. While the hikers were able to give dispatchers a description of their surroundings, they were unfamiliar with the area and therefore unable to provide an exact location.
Volunteers then combed the area, searching for the missing hikers. While volunteers were able to hear Rueda and Petteruto shouting, the department said they were unable to figure out their location for several hours.
At 6 p.m., Rueda and Petteruto called 911 again, saying they were getting colder and did not have sufficiently warm gear. With temperatures dropping into the mid-30s from the earlier 50s, the search parties doubled their efforts to find the hikers in time.
Just before 7:30 p.m., volunteers were able to locate Rueda and Petteruto not far from the Huntington Ravine Trail, stranded on a ledge.
Crews assessed the hikers and gave them warm clothing and food, at which point they were able to hike to safety with the rescue group.
The department said Rueda and Petteruto arrived safely at the Mount Washington Auto Road just after 9 p.m., where they were given a medical assessment and left in their vehicle.