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NH Hikers Fined for “Reckless Conduct” Following Rescue

Two men from Windsor, NH, who were rescued from Franconia Notch State Park in the White Mountains last June have pleaded guilty to reckless conduct charges due to their lack of preparation in an incident in which they apparently left a designated trail and had to be rescued from a cliff.

The men were each fined $200 and given $48 penalty assessments, according to the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department.

“The safety of rescuers is paramount in the execution of search and rescue missions,” Lieutenant James Kneeland of Fish and Game’s Law Enforcement Division was quoted as saying in response to the fine levy. “When people put themselves into hazardous situations needlessly or by being ill prepared, and put rescuers in harm’s way, they need to be held accountable.”

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