NEW HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) - Authorities say a lost hiker who spent the night in bitter cold temperatures in New Hampshire's White Mountains has been rescued and airlifted to safety.
New Hampshire Fish and Game officials say 21-year-old David Fielding of Wilmington, Mass., set out Wednesday morning to hike the Falling Waters Trail in Franconia Notch. He then intentionally went off trail and he eventually got lost.
The Fish and Game Department was notified at 2 a.m. Thursday that he hadn't returned.
A search crew started searching the mountain at daybreak. Fielding was found by other hikers at 12:30 p.m. about 200 feet from the Mount Haystack summit.
Fielding was airlifted by a National Guard helicopter to a waiting ambulance, which took him to the hospital. Authorities say he was mildly hypothermic but had no major injuries.
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