New Jersey Family Rescued On Mountain In Maine

CBS2's Meg Baker spoke with one of the family members who detailed what went wrong.

Video Transcript

JESSICA MOORE: Trouble on the trail. A New Jersey family was rescued after going for a hike on a mountain in Maine.

DICK BRENNAN: CBS 2's Meg Baker spoke to one family member who detailed what went wrong.

MEG BAKER: The views from the top of Tumbledown Mountain in Western Maine are gorgeous. 18-year-old Connor Latona captured this video after hiking for two and 1/2 hours up the 3,000-foot peak with his parents and two older sisters, who traveled from Freehold, New Jersey, to visit him at college. The expectation for the day?

CONNOR LATONA: We would come back for a late lunch. But that obviously was not the case.

MEG BAKER: Latona says the weather was perfect all day, 50s. Then the family ran into some snow and ice as they searched for the trail down.

CONNOR LATONA: Then we didn't have the proper jackets. We thought we were going to be down before the sundown.

MEG BAKER: They followed trail markers, but Latona says the markers were wrong.

- We knew that down the mountain was to the right, but, we were like, we trust the signage, so we're going to go left.

MEG BAKER: Turns out his instinct was correct. The marker led them in the wrong direction as the sun was going down, so they called 911.

CONNOR LATONA: My sister's feet were going numb and stuff, and everyone was cold. But we kind of just huddled together next to a tree to block the wind, and just tried to keep our body warm.

MEG BAKER: It took hours for a rescue team to reach them.

CONNOR LATONA: Bringing us extra clothes, giving us food, starting a fire for us. I just want to make sure that we know that we appreciated everything they did.

KYLIE HLADICK: We see it often this time of year where people come to the mountains, it's starting to feel good, it's springtime. And they find when they get there that there's more snow than they thought there would be.

HARRY WIEGMAN: If you're wearing cotton or other fabrics like that, that don't provide a lot of insulating value, it can go from nice and warm to very cold pretty quickly.

MEG BAKER: Latona wanted to tell his story as a warning to others to do their research before hiking, and to always bring extra gear and food. He says his dad reported the incorrect trail sign to the Parks Department. In Freehold, New Jersey, Meg Baker, CBS 2 News.

DICK BRENNAN: Very lucky. Got to be careful. Just--