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3 college students rescued on Mount Wonalancet; 1 suffered from hypothermia with temp in teens

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WATERVILLE VALLEY, New Hampshire — Three University of Massachusetts-Amherst students hiking a New Hampshire mountain have been rescued after one started suffering from hypothermia with temperatures in the teens and strong winds.

State Fish and Game officers received a 911 call at about 6 p.m. Tuesday that the hikers were at Mount Wonalancet in the Sandwich Range Wilderness Area. One of them, 20-year-old Matthew Johnson of Sandwich, Massachusetts, was unable to continue; his companions put him in a sleeping bag and tent and called for assistance.

Four officers and 11 volunteers hiked the 3.5 miles through rugged terrain and deep snowpack, reaching the hikers at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. They were eventually able to hike out to the trailhead. The rescue concluded at about 5 a.m. and no injuries were reported.

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