2 mountain hikers stranded in ice, snow, aided by helicopter

CRAWFORD NOTCH, N.H. (AP) — Two hikers stranded in ice and snow in the White Mountain National Forest have been rescued with the help of a helicopter.

New Hampshire’s Fish and Game Department says the hikers were attempting a multi-day hike when they became lost off trail and stranded in deep snow in the Dry River drainage on Sunday afternoon.

Twenty-five-year-old Christopher Hart and 24-year-old Allison Porcelli, both of Cambridge, Massachusetts, activated a personal locater beacon and requested a rescue.

Conservation officers responded to the summit of Mount Washington and then hiked down to the trail to find the hikers. They were found cold, wet and unhurt, but it was hard to reach them.

The New Hampshire National Guard responded with a helicopter that hoisted them to safety.

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