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Geocacher Injured In Mountain Fall

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Needs maintenance: Rescuers carry the injured geocacher down Blue Job Mountain on a stretcher. Photos: Liz Markhlevskaya/Daily Democrat

An American geocacher needed hospital treatment after falling nine metres and landing on her head while visiting New Hampshire’s Blue Job Mountain last Friday.

Fifty-eight year-old Patricia McBride, of Rochester, was exploring the state forest with her husband when she slipped and fell 9m (30 feet) about 3pm.

MapSergeant Randy Young told Foster’s Daily Democrat newspaper that the accident occurred near the lower communications tower on a part of the mountain known as “the cliff area”. “It’s totally thick, rough terrain.”

Although McBride landed on her head and shoulder after the fall, her injuries were not life-threatening, he added.  A medical helicopter had been placed on standby but was not needed.

Emergency crews from Strafford, Farmington, Barrington, and New Durham responded to the incident, along with police, Fish and Game officials and Frisbie Memorial Hospital paramedics.

While six firefighters hiked up the mountain, a Strafford Fire Department official and a Rochester paramedic drove a Gator utility vehicle to reach McBride faster. Rescuers then used a stretcher to carry the geocacher out of the area. Upon reaching the road at about 4pm, McBride was transported to Frisbie Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Her husband, Michael McBride, said they had been geocaching – near level 3 terrain cache GC4ED0 Blue Job and neighbouring 3.5 terrain puzzle GC14DDJ Rocky Bloo & Lucy II – when the accident occurred. This was their first time hiking on Blue Job Mountain. “It’s something to get you outdoors,” the 65-year-old said of the hobby. “I didn’t realise it was going to be this dangerous.”

 

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    Unfortunately, accidents happen… whether you are geocaching or doing something else non-caching related. Glad she will be ok!

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