CONWAY DAILY SUN: MASS. MAN DEAD AFTER TUCKERMAN FALL

by Christian Mower on January 11, 2012

THE CONWAY DAILY SUN SAYS A MASSACHUSETTS MAN IS DEAD AFTER FALLING 800 FEET DOWN MOUNT WASHINGTON’S TUCKERMAN RAVINE LATE MONDAY.

U.S. FOREST SERVICE RANGER CHRIS JOOSEN TELLS THE SUN THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 7:45 P.M. WHEN 46-YEAR-OLD PATRICK SCOTT POWERS OF MANSFIELD FELL DOWN SNOW AND ICE COVERED SLOPES.

THE SUN SAYS POWERS WAS ALIVE WHEN RESCUERS FIRST REACHED HIM BUT HE LATER SUCCUMBED TO HIS INJURIES – HIS DEATH IS THE FIRST FATALITY ON THE MOUNTAIN THIS WINTER.

THE SUN SAYS THE INCIDENT HAS FOREST SERVICE OFFICIALS REITERATING SAFETY RULES FOR ALPINE TRAVEL, INCLUDING KNOWING YOUR ROUTE – PROPER PREPARATION – AND CHECKING YOUR GEAR, WEATHER AND AVALANCHE CONDITIONS.

WRITER: MACKENZIE WED JAN 11 2012 FROM THE CONWAY DAILY SUN, JAN 11 2012