An hour-long hike turns into six hours before rescue for grandmother and grandson in Dunbarton

By Monitor staff
Published: 10/7/2019 2:55:29 PM

A grandmother and her grandson were rescued – tired and thirsty but otherwise unharmed – in the Kuncanowet Town Forest near Gorham Pond in Dunbarton on Sunday, according to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

Vicki Esancy, 65 of Richmond, Maine embarked on a planned hour-long hike to the Gorham Pond Overlook with her grandson, Chis Pollack, 19, of Manchester Sunday morning.  

The two made it to the overlook around 11 a.m. then started following a trail they thought was going to bring them to the backside of Gorham Pond, only to later realize they were not on a trail.

After searching for the trail unsuccessfully for hours, they decided to call 911 around 2:30 p.m. During the call to a 911 dispatcher, the cell phone battery died. Around 4:30 p.m. a Fish and Game conservation officer and Dunbarton police officer made contact with the two around 4:30 p.m. in a large Marsh located in the Kuncanowet Town Forest, officials said.

The conservation officer and Dunbarton police officer made their way through the marsh assist Esancy and Pollack and walk them out to the backside of Gorham Pond where they met with another conservation officer, who was able to commandeer a boat from a local resident who lives on the pond, officials said.

Esancy and Pollack were brought across Gorham Pond around 6 p.m., and declined medical attention from Dunbarton Rescue which was waiting for their arrival.

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