DECEASED HIKER IDENTIFIED

by Gair on September 23, 2013

OFFICIALS FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME HAVE IDENTIFIED THE 25-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO DIED THURSDAY AFTER FALLING ON MOUNT WASHINGTON AS LUC PAQUETTE OF QUEBEC, CANADA.

CONSERVATION OFFICER SGT. MARK OBER SAYS PAQUETTE WAS HIKING DOWN THE TUCKERMAN RAVINE TRAIL WITH A GROUP OF FRIENDS THURSDAY AFTERNOON WHEN HE WENT OFF THE TRAIL TO GET A BETTER LOOK AT A WATERFALL AND FILL HIS WATER BOTTLE.

HE THEN SLIPPED ON THE WET GROUND AND FELL ABOUT 150 FEET, LANDING ON A SMALL LEDGE ABOUT THREE QUARTERS OF THE WAY UP THE HEADWALL.

RESCUERS FROM THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB, MOUNTAIN RESCUE SERVICE, MOUNT WASHINGTON STATE PARK AND MOUNT WASHINGTON OBSERVATORY JOINED CONSERVATION OFFICERS IN RESPONDING AFTER A 911 CALL REPORTING THE INCIDENT CAME IN ABOUT 5:15 P.M. THURSDAY.

SOME MEDICALLY TRAINED HIKERS PROVIDED INITIAL TREATMENT TO PAQUETTE AND A HE WAS PACKAGED IN A LITTER, BEFORE BEING AIRLIFTED OFF THE WET LEDGE BY A NEW HAMPSHIRE NATIONAL GUARD HELICOPTER AND FLOWN TO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN NORTH CONWAY, WHERE HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD.

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