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Mountain hiker stranded for hours after sliding down ledge into trees, hindered by ice


TAMWORTH, New Hampshire — A hiker is recovering after he slid off a New Hampshire mountain trail and down a ledge into some trees, unable to move due to the steep grade and ice.

Fish and Game Department officers say 21-year-old John Ng (EHNG') of Wakefield, Massachusetts, was able to call 911 Thursday afternoon from Mount Chocorua (Chu-CORE-ooh-a) in Tamworth, in the White Mountain National Forest.

Rescuers found him about five hours later, suffering from symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite. They replaced his frozen shoes and socks with dry ones and put several layers of clothing on him.

Ng was given warm fluids and high-energy foods and was able to make his away about a half mile to a cabin. He eventually was taken by snowmobile to an ambulance at a trail head.

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