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Injured hiker from Hollis rescued after injury on Jennings Peak

WATERVILLE VALLEY, NH – More than thirty rescue personnel worked Saturday to rescue an injured Hollis man from Jennings Peak in Waterville Valley.

New Hampshire Fish and Game conservation officers were alerted to an injured hiker on Jennings Peak in the Waterville Valley around 1 p.m. A call to NH 911 reported that a 21-year-old man had fallen and injured his lower leg, preventing him from continuing to walk without assistance.

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Conservation officers, members of the Waterville Valley Department of Safety, and volunteers from the Pemi Valley Search and Rescue Team and Lakes Region Search and Rescue responded to the Drakes Brook Trailhead on Route 49 in the Waterville Valley.

The first rescue crews left at 2:00 p.m. and reached the injured hiker at 4:00 p.m. At 4:25 p.m., the rescue crew began carrying the injured hiker, identified as Ian Gargasz of Hollis, 3.5 miles to the trailhead, where they arrived just before 7:00 p.m.

Gargasz and his hiking companions had set out from the trailhead at around 10:45 a.m. and had reached the summit of Jennings Peak shortly before 1:00 p.m. when the incident occurred.

Conservation officials say the hiking group was well prepared for a day hike in the White Mountains. Gargasz was escorted away from the trailhead by family members to assess his injury.

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Anna Harden

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