FRANCONIA, NH (WBZ-AM)--A New Hampshire man is rescued by an S.O.S. on Facebook after he was caught in a snowstorm trying to climb to the top of Mount Lafayette in Franconia. Robert Cummings of Laconia started his journey 2 a.m. Friday morning, nearing the summit of the mountains around 5 hours later when bad weather descended and he was turned back by a snowstorm. Whiteout conditions made it almost impossible to find the trail markers and the 40 m.p.h. winds blew his map and compass away. Cummings knew he was in trouble so he sent an emergency text and published a Facebook post seeking help before finding shelter in a snow cave.
A number of people called authorities to report they had seen a post on Facebook that read: “send help, stuck by cairn on Old Bridle in alpine between hut and Lafayette Summit. Wind took map and compass, white out conditions.” Fish and Game officials were able to communicate with Cummings via text message, who was eventually able to call 911 giving out the coordinates of his cave. Conservation officers were able to guide him out to the trail-head, where they arrived at 7 p.m. that evening to take him out.