Sgt. Alex Lopashanski
June 15, 2020

Hales Location, NH – On Friday, June 12, shortly before 10:00 p.m., New Hampshire Fish and Game was notified that a rock climbing party was stuck near the top of Whitehorse Ledge and could not continue. The climbers were Samantha Marleau, 27, of Jefferson, MA, and Stephen Phillips 29, of Worcester, MA. They had been overcome by darkness prior to completing their climb and unfortunately dropped their headlamps, then called 911 for assistance.

Along with a Conservation Officer, members of Mountain Rescue Service responded. The MRS members ascended approximately 800 feet up the cliff, located Marleau and Phillips, then safely assisted the pair to the top of the cliff. Rescuers were able to then hike with the pair along the trail where they arrived safely at the base of the cliff shortly after 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 13.

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