Saturday, February 4th, 2023
Saturday, February 4th, 2023

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NH: Missing Durham hiker is rescued

CONCORD, N.H. – An 82-year-old Newmarket man, Bruce Charity, who
was missing since late yesterday (Monday, December 12, 2011), was
reached by rescuers about 10:30 a.m. today after a N.H. State
Police helicopter crew spotted him from the air. Alive, but
suffering from hypothermia, Charity is being carried out of the
remote swampy area in Durham, N.H., and an ambulance is standing by
to transport him to Wentworth-Douglas Hospital in Dover.

“We’re ecstatic at the happy ending to this search,” said Col.
Martin Garabedian of Fish and Game Law Enforcement. “Obviously the
cold temperatures and flooded conditions in the area were serious
concerns as this search continued through the night. We’re
extremely grateful for the efforts of all the assisting agencies,
especially the N.H. State Police helicopter that ultimately
succeeded in finding Mr. Charity.”

Charity hikes regularly in the area, which has many popular
hiking trails. Yesterday he set out about 2:00 p.m. When he had not
arrived back at home yesterday as darkness fell, a family member
notified police about 6:30 p.m.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers
coordinated a search, concentrated off Dame Road in Durham, that
continued through the night, yielding no clues. Some 75-100
searchers resumed the search this morning, combing the rural area
of extensive wetlands.

Fish and Game was assisted in the search by Durham and Newmarket
police and fire department personnel, N.H. State Police, New
England K-9 Search and Rescue, Upper Valley Search and Rescue, and
southern New Hampshire police quick response tactical teams.

For information on safe hiking, visit
http://www.hikesafe.com.

 

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