Conservation Officer Benjamin Lewis
September 27, 2019

Franconia, NH – At approximately 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 26, 2019 New Hampshire Fish and Game Department received a call for an injured hiker on the Falling Waters Trail in Franconia. David Nolan, 58, from Foxborough, Massachusetts, was hiking by himself when he slipped and fell. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries but was unable to hike out under his own power after the fall. Conservation Officers from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and Volunteers from Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team responded to the call. They reached the injured party at approximately 11:20 a.m. Nolan was placed in a litter. Volunteers and Conservation Officers carried Nolan in the litter and reached the trailhead at approximately 1:15 p.m. Linwood Ambulance transported Nolan to Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth for further evaluation and treatment.

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