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Mountain train helps rescue injured amputee hiker

June 23, 2019
In this Saturday, June 22, 2019, photo provided by New Hampshire Fish and Game rescuers carry injured hiker Michael Couch to a train so he can safely descend Mount Washington in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says Couch was hurt and not able to continue while hiking the mountain on Saturday. Couch is an amputee who was hiking to the summit to raise money for his foundation, Lost Limbs Foundation. (Samantha Presby/New Hampshire Fish and Game via AP)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Rescuers say they used a mountain train that was in the midst of an anniversary celebration to rescue a hiker who injured his back on Mt. Washington.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says 46-year-old Michael Couch of Atlanta, Indiana, was hurt and not able to continue while hiking the mountain on Saturday. Couch is an amputee who was hiking to the summit to raise money for his foundation, Lost Limbs Foundation.

Fish and Game requested help from Mount Washington Cog Railway, which provides mountain tours. The railway was holding its 150th anniversary celebration at the time. Fish and Game says the railway found an engineer and brakeman, and sent up a rescuer crew in less than an hour.

The department says Couch was brought down on the train.

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