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Hiker Rescued From Deep Snow In Franconia, N.H.

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FRANCONIA, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire officials say a 24-year-old Maine man has been rescued after being blown off a trail and getting stranded in deep snow on Franconia Ridge.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says crews searched late into Friday night before finding Evan Embrey, of Buxton.

Authorities say Embrey had become fatigued in heavy winds and deep snow and called his family in Maine on a cellphone to report his predicament after his snowshoes broke.

Two officers traversed Franconia Ridge and brought a pair snowshoes to Embrey, who had kept warm in his sleeping bag. The three of them were then able to make their way back to the trailhead. Officials said winds were estimated at 40-50 mph and visibility was less than 5 feet due to blowing snow.
(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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