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Woman rescued by helicopter after falling on hike in White Mountains

A 59-year-old New York woman was rescued by helicopter Wednesday after she slipped and fell the previous afternoon while hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, officials said.

On Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., Zhaojing Zhong of New York City, was hiking down from the summit of Mt. Lafayette with her husband and two friends when she injured her leg, officials said.

Zhong’s husband carried her down to the Greenleaf Hut, where members of the Appalachian Mountain Club let the group spend the night since she was unable to walk. On Wednesday morning, the club members called the Army National Guard for assistance and a crew flew a helicopter to Zhong’s location at around 10:15 a.m., officials said. Rescuers hoisted Zhong and her husband into the helicopter while hovering above the mountain.

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The helicopter landed at Littleton Regional Healthcare around 35 minutes later, where Zhong was evaluated and treated, officials said.

“The weather this time of year changes quickly and having the right equipment and gear could save your life,” officials said. They reminded hikers to bring the “ten essential items” on each excursion — a map, compass, warm clothing, extra food and water, a headlamp, fire starter, first aid kit, whistle, rain jackets and pants, and a knife.


Bailey Allen can be reached at bailey.allen@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @baileyaallen.