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Mass. woman seriously injured in fall off ledge on Mount Monadnock

JAFFREY, N.H. (AP) — A Massachusetts hiker was seriously injured and had to be rescued after falling off a rock ledge in Monadnock State Park while hiking at night, officials said Monday.

Jennifer Publicover, 40, of Winchendon, Massachusetts, called 911 Sunday at 8:25 p.m. to report that she was on the White Arrow Trail and didn’t have a light source but her cell phone died after speaking with a conservation officer for less than a minute, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said. She started to panic and decided to hike down the trail in the dark when she fell off the roughly 20-foot-high rock ledge onto rocks below, the department said.

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Conservation officers found her at 10 p.m. and discovered that she was seriously injured. Other rescuers were called in and she was carried in a litter to a waiting pickup truck that transferred her to an ambulance. She was flown by medical helicopter to a Massachusetts hospital early Monday morning.

“This incident is a good reminder to all people recreating in the outdoors to prepare for the unexpected, hike with a partner or group, and carry the necessary equipment. Never rely on a cellular phone for rescue,” the department said in a written release.

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