Sgt. Alex Lopashanski: (603)744-5470 (603)271-3361
February 5, 2019
Albany, NH – On Tuesday, February 5 at approximately 10:30 AM New Hampshire Fish and Game was notified that a hiker with a knee injury who was wet after falling in a brook was in need of assistance. Jay Dulski, 28, of Boston, MA and Thomas Miller, 31, of New Canaan, CT had been on a multiday hike in the area of the Tripyramid Mountains off of the Kancamagus Highway in Albany.
On Sunday February 4, Dulski injured his knee but was able to continue hiking. Both men were prepared for the difficult winter and deep snow conditions. On Tuesday, February 5, they were working their way out of the mountains on the Downes Brook Trail. At a point nearly 3.5 miles from the trailhead, Dulski broke through the ice along Downes Brook and was submerged to the waist. The men were carrying a satellite phone and were able to send a message for help.
Along with Conservation Officers, members of the US Forest Service, Mountain Rescue Service, and Pemi Valley Search and Rescue Team responded. Rescuers first made contact with Miller who had been hiking out to assist rescuers and he stated that Dulski was in a sleeping bag and in good condition.
Rescuers reached Dulski just before 3:00 PM. They were able to warm him and having packed the trail Dulski was able to walk out 2.5 miles to a waiting snow machine which transported him the last mile to the trailhead. He arrived at the trailhead shortly after 6:30 PM and left with Miller in his own vehicle. No further details are available at this time.