HIKER DIES AFTER FALL

by Gair on September 20, 2013

A NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME OFFICER SAYS A 25-YEAR-OLD MAN DIED AFTER FALLING ON MOUNT WASHINGTON THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

CONSERVATION OFFICER SGT. MARK OBER SAYS THE UNIDENTIFIED MAN – WHOSE NAME IS BEING WITHHELD UNTIL HIS FAMILY IS NOTIFIED – WAS HIKING DOWN THE TUCKERMAN RAVINE TRAIL WITH A GROUP OF FRIENDS WHEN HE WENT OFF THE TRAIL TO GET A BETTER LOOK AT A WATERFALL AND FILL HIS WATER BOTTLE.

THE MAN 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.

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

SOME MEDICALLY TRAINED HIKERS HURRIED TO THE SCENE TO PROVIDE INITIAL TREATMENT.

A NEW HAMPSHIRE NATIONAL GUARD HELICOPTER ARRIVED FROM CONCORD AND LOWERED A RESCUE LITTER UNDER DANGEROUS CONDITIONS WHILE A RESCUE CREW ON THE WET LEDGE PACKAGED THE VICTIM FOR THE FLIGHT.

THE VICTIM WAS THEN FLOWN TO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN NORTH CONWAY, WHERE HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD.

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