Saturday June 2, 2012

WILLIAMSTOWN -- A missing hiker was found Friday afternoon on Mount Greylock after calling 9-11 and contacting police.

Mary Hague of Florence, was hiking by herself at the state reservation on Friday and got lost after going off the Money Brook Falls trail, according to Williamstown Fire Chief Craig A. Pedercini.

Hague called 9-11 at around 1:30, speaking with Adams police. Pedercini estimated she had been lost about an hour before she called.

Once a better understanding of where Hague went missing was relayed to first responders, a crew of three individuals from the Department of Conservation and Recreation and Lanes borough Fire Department began hiking in from Sperry Road, while a team of two Williams town firefighters and the town’s forest warden hiked in from an area known as the Hopper.

The two teams essentially converged on Hague at the same time, according to Pedercini. She was located at 3:45 about a half mile from Hopper Road near the Money Brook.

Pedercini described Hague as an avid hiker and said she was found uninjured and with plenty of water. She had apparently hiked in from the visitor center in Lanesborough.

The search lasted roughly 45 minutes.

"She was in good spirits," said Pedercini. "She hiked out and other than a little embarrassment, she was in good shape."

Pedercini said it can be easy to get lost in the woods when hikers get off the trail.

When asked about the frequency of these types of searches his department handles, Pedercini said the department has probably responded to more calls in the past seven years than in all the years prior.


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Pedercini attributed the rise to hikers ability to use 9-11 to seek assistance.

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