Four people were rescued on Tuesday, March 14 and Wednesday, March 15 during the big nor’easter that dumped more than 30 inches of snow in some parts of western and northern Massachusetts.
State and local emergency crews teamed up to rescue two boys who became lost after they skied off-trail at the Wachusett Mountain ski area. Rescuers were able to locate the skiers using their cellphone signals to determine their GPS coordinates. They boys were credited with staying calm and sharing their body heat to prevent hypothermia.
Later, two hikers in Mount Washington State Forest in southwest Massachusetts were on the Alander Trail when they became lost due to heavy snowfall and darkness. They eventually made a 911 call at around 7:30 PM. Snowmobiles could not be used to reach the men due to the heavy, wet snow, so rescuers had to walk. The stranded hikers were located at around 2:30 AM on Wednesday morning and escorted to the Department of Conservation and Recreation headquarters.