FRANCONIA, N.H. (AP) -New Hampshire authorities who set out to rescue one injured hiker ended up helping three others along the way.

Fish and Game Lt. Todd Bogardus says a Vermont man used his cell phone to call for help after hurting his leg in a fall on Mount Lafayette’s Old Bridle Path early Saturday evening. While crews were carrying 44-year-old John Pandolfo of Montpelier down the two-mile trail, they came across three siblings from Easton, Mass., who had gotten lost while hiking the Falling Waters Trail.

Pandolfo was taken to the hospital. The others weren’t hurt, but Bogardus said they were unprepared for their hike because they didn’t have lights with them.

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