Stranded hiker, dogs rescued from New Hampshire mountain

FRANCONIA, N.H. (AP) " Authorities say rescuers communicated by text and trudged through waist-deep snow and poor visibility to reach a stranded hiker who was huddled with his two dogs atop Mount Lafayette in New Hampshire.

They say 25-year-year-old Vincent Hevey, of Quebec, left with his dogs from a trailhead at 9 a.m. Wednesday to reach the summit, where he arrived at about 3 p.m. Once there, he lost the trail and his gloves. Eventually, he found a trail and stayed put until rescuers arrived shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday, about 800 feet south of the summit. Everyone arrived back at the trailhead around 5 a.m.

Lt. James Kneeland of the Fish and Game Department says it's doubtful Hevey would have survived the night if rescuers hadn't arrived when they did.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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