Emergency crews rescue injured hiker on Lantern Hill

Ledyard volunteer firefighter Ryan Boiselle, left, steadies the patient riding in North Stonington volunteer fire department's all terrain vehicle driven by firefighter Ryan Burdick, crossing Lantern Brook as they transport the man off Lantern Hill after he fell and injured his leg hiking at the summit Monday, February 19, 2018. The man was transported by hand down from the summit to the closest point that fire department all terrain vehicles could access and then to the parking lot of Two Trees Inn where Mystic River Ambulance transported him to the hospital. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Ledyard volunteer firefighter Ryan Boiselle, left, steadies the patient riding in North Stonington volunteer fire department's all terrain vehicle driven by firefighter Ryan Burdick, crossing Lantern Brook as they transport the man off Lantern Hill after he fell and injured his leg hiking at the summit Monday, February 19, 2018. The man was transported by hand down from the summit to the closest point that fire department all terrain vehicles could access and then to the parking lot of Two Trees Inn where Mystic River Ambulance transported him to the hospital. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

North Stonington — Emergency crews on Monday rescued a hiker who had fallen and injured his leg on Lantern Hill.

First responders had received a call at 11:14 a.m. that a hiker had fallen and injured his leg, said Charles Steinhart V, chief of the North Stonington Volunteer Fire Company.

First responders hiked up the trail and used a Stokes basket to carry the man down from the top of the snow-covered hill, Steinhart said. They then used a utility vehicle to drive to the parking lot where an ambulance was waiting.  

North Stonington Volunteer Fire Company, North Stonington Ambulance Association, Mystic River Ambulance Association, Mashantucket Pequot Fire Department and Ledyard Fire Department all participated in the rescue, which took about an hour and 45 minutes, he said.

The man, who was in his 50s, was in stable condition and was taken to a local hospital with a possible broken ankle, Steinhart said.

Rescue crews from the North Stonington and Ledyard volunteer fire departments transfer a man from the North Stonington department's all terrain vehicle to the Mystic River Ambulance gurney after transporting him off Lantern Hill after he fell and injured his leg hiking at the summit Monday, February 19, 2018. The man was transported by hand down from the summit to the closest point that fire department all terrain vehicles could access and then to the parking lot of Two Trees Inn where Mystic River Ambulance transported him to the hospital. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Rescue crews from the North Stonington and Ledyard volunteer fire departments transfer a man from the North Stonington department's all terrain vehicle to the Mystic River Ambulance gurney after transporting him off Lantern Hill after he fell and injured his leg hiking at the summit Monday, February 19, 2018. The man was transported by hand down from the summit to the closest point that fire department all terrain vehicles could access and then to the parking lot of Two Trees Inn where Mystic River Ambulance transported him to the hospital. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

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