August 16, 2009
No copter rescue for hiker with hurt thumb
New Hampshire authorities told a mountain hiker Saturday an injured thumb didn't qualify him for a helicopter rescue.
The 50-year old Texan injured his thumb while hiking with a group on the 3,251-foot Mount Crescent in the Icy Gulch area.
The Gorham Fish and Game office got a cell phone call from the man.
An officer from Gorham talked to the individual, who wanted a helicopter, and advised that for a thumb injury, and especially with a group of people heading up to help him, that it would not be practical to send in a rescue helicopter, conservation officer Matt Holmes said.
Holmes said this isn't the first request for a rescue for injuries that are less than life-threatening. Some people ask for emergency services to carry their dog. Then there was the woman who called to be rescued because she couldn't find her shoes.
It's just prior to 7 p.m., Holmes said.
Who knows what else we may get tonight?
Holmes said he couldn't risk spreading rescue workers thin by sending a rescue team for a minor injury.