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Hiker with Accidental Knife Wound Rescued on Franconia Ridge
By Joe Gullo
FRANCONIA, N.H. - A Massachusetts man with an accidental knife wound was rescued Thursday on Franconia Ridge.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says Benoit Armangau, 22, of Acton, Mass., was camping with a friend in the White Mountains and was rescued after receiving an accidental, self-inflicted knife wound.
Armangau was cutting evergreen boughs to prepare bedding and insulation for their overnight stay. The pair planned a multi-night backpacking excursion in the Franconia Ridge area. Armangau stabbed himself in the lower extremity and was unable to walk without assistance.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department was notified for the incident on April 30. A text message was sent to the pair to have them get to a location to call 911. Searchers were able to get their location from the call.
Fish and Game Conservation Officers went up the mountain to evaluate the situation and treat Armangau. Officers arrived at the scene at around 1:45 a.m. The officers stabilized Armangau's injury and stayed with the young men through the night.
A press release says teams of conservation officers and volunteers from the Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team went up to get the hikers. Both arrived at the Liberty Spring Trailhead at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.
The injured hiker was evaluated by the Linwood Ambulance Services waiting at the trailhead. Both hikers transported themselves to the Littleton Regional Hospital for further evaluation.
Officials are urging hikers to use caution and bring appropriate gear when hiking. The Fish and Game Department says there is still winter-like conditions in New Hampshire's White Mountains.
Visit the department's hiking website for more information.