Conn. men rescued from summit of Mount Greylock


NORTH ADAMS -- Two hikers were rescued from Mount Greylock on Tuesday night after reaching the summit, authorities said.

Two men from Connecticut, unprepared and underdressed for cold temperatures and snowy conditions at the summit, were brought down the mountain by firefighters on snowmobile after 10 p.m., according to North Adams Fire Director Steve Meranti.

The North Adams Fire Department received a call from Massachusetts State Police, who had had heard from one the men's parents in Connecticut alerting them to the situation, at 9:47 p.m.

Emergency responders initially were unable to reach the men, who had found shelter at the summit. The emergency crews set up a command post at the base, with North Adams Ambulance Service standing by.

The Fire Department then sent up two snowmobiles with extra turnout gear for hikers. Roads to the summit are closed during the winter and early spring.

"They dressed up in our gear, and we gave them a ride back down," Meranti said.

The two men were treated by ambulance workers at the base but were not in need of transport to the hospital, Meranti said.

Conditions at the summit were in the low 30s, Meranti said, with substantial wind and fog.

Meranti noted that, especially at this time of year, it's important to fully prepare for all potential conditions when hiking.


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