Sgt. Alex Lopashanski
November 21, 2022
Albany, NH – On Friday, November 18, shortly after 12:30 p.m., New Hampshire Fish and Game was notified that an emergency alert beacon had been activated on the Champney Falls Trail in Albany. The beacon belonged to Scott Sellers, 54, of Wakefield, MA. Sellers was descending from the summit with his wife when he began suffering chest pain. Sellers and his wife were over 2.5 miles from the trailhead when the beacon was activated. Due to a lack of cell phone service in the area, direct communication to the group could not be established.
Along with Conservation Officers, members of the US Forest Service and Lakes Region Search and Rescue responded. Sellers had been able to continue hiking under his own power and rescuers met him a short distance from the trailhead. He arrived back at the trailhead shortly after 2:00 p.m. Sellers was evaluated on the scene by Conway Ambulance personnel and transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in North Conway for treatment.
Sellers and his wife were well prepared for the conditions. It is important to note that winter conditions including snow and ice are present in the mountains and will persist for the next several months. Anyone venturing out should be equipped with appropriate winter gear including micro-spikes, and extra layers.
Lakes Region Search and Rescue (LRSAR) is a volunteer search and rescue organization whose members work diligently to maintain the skills and equipment necessary to carry out rescues across the state. Anyone can donate to LRSAR through the New Hampshire Outdoor Council at www.nhoutdoorcouncil.org. Donations are fully tax deductible. Outdoor enthusiasts are also encouraged to purchase a Hike Safe card at http://www.wildnh.com/safe. The card helps support Fish and Game search and rescue activities. For safe hiking tips and a list of essential gear, visit hikesafe.com.