Mount Hermon students found safe after getting separated on school hike

JAFFREY, N.H. — Three Northfield Mount Hermon School students were found, safe and sound, by a search crew after becoming separated from their group during a school-sponsored hike on Mount Monadnock.

The students were part of a senior class hike on Tuesday, with 179 students participating, said Cheri Cross, NMH spokeswoman.

She said the students had gone off the trail, and called a chaperone to seek help.

Area officials were notified, and the search for the students began around 1 p.m.

Because of poor cellular service, New Hampshire Fish and Game officers were unable to home in on the students’ GPS-enabled phones, Cross said.

Cross said the school takes several precautions when it takes students into the wilderness.

“We had faculty members posted along the trail doing headcounts,” said Cross. “Any time we don’t know where our students are, we issue an alert.”

The students were found at 3:45 p.m. near the White Cross Trail, “a little cold, but safe,” said Cross.

Cross said the hike was part of an annual schoolwide tradition called “Mountain Day,” which dates back to 1881.

Students are divided by grade level, and each class explores a different location, she said.

Though the incident may have caused some concern during the search, Cross said it showed that the school’s missing student procedure is effective.

“Our system worked. It kicked in, and they were found.”

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