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February 12, 2017

Lost Snowboarders

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE
       
CASE#: 17A100685
RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trp. Brittani Barone                            
STATION: VSP Williston                     
CONTACT#: 802-878-7111


DATE/TIME: 02/11/17 at 1750 hours
LOCATION: Camels Hump Mtn. Burrow's Trail


INVOLVED: Bennett LaFond                                            
AGE: 28
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Montpelier, VT


INVOLVED: Patrick Fry
AGE: 25
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Burlington, VT


SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:
On 02/11/17 at approx. 1750 hours, VSP Williston received a call from Bennett LaFond, reporting he and Patrick Fry were snowboarding on Camels Hump (Burrow's Trail) when they veered off the trail and became disoriented.  LaFond advised they could not find their way out and that they were not equipped for hiking in the dark. 


Troopers responded to both the Duxbury and Huntington sides of Camels Hump in an attempt to make contact while the Vermont State Police Search & Rescue, Waterbury Back Country Rescue and Huntington Fire Dept. Back Country Rescue teams were activated. Teams later located the lost snowboarders on the Challenge Trail by using GPS coordinates obtained from LaFond.  At 0500 hours, search teams along with LaFond and Fry exited the woods back at the trailhead.  Neither individual was injured or required medical attention.

Vermont State Police continue to remind individuals to recreate within the limits of the areas they know and to always carry enough/appropriate gear to sustain yourself through inclement weather or scenarios such as this.  


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