Conservation Officer Christopher McKee
September 16, 2019
Franconia, NH – On September 15, 2019, at approximately 11:30 a.m., New Hampshire Fish & Game Conservation Officers received an emergency signal from the International Emergency Response Coordination Center that an emergency beacon had been activated in the Franconia Notch area. Conservation Officers received the coordinates which located the beacon on the Cannon cliffs. Conservation Officers responded to the area and learned a 20 year old male was climbing on Cannon Cliffs and had fallen approximately 50 feet. The climber was unconscious and stuck on a ledge just over half way up the cliffs.
The PEMI Valley Search and Rescue team was notified and Mountain Rescue Service (MRS) was also called because of their expertise with rock climbing and technical rescues. A National Guard Blackhawk helicopter was also requested. Teams utilized the Cannon Mountain Tram to transport climbers and gear to the summit. At approximately 4:00 p.m. the National Guard Helicopter arrived and was able to safely lower a medic 160 feet from the helicopter to the injured climber. The climber was loaded onto a litter and hoisted into the helicopter. The victim was flown from the cliffs directly to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment.
At this time the victim’s name is not being released until family members can be notified.