North Country
6:00 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Body of Massachusetts Man Recovered from Tuckerman Ravine

The body of a Massachusetts man who fell into a crevasse in the Tuckerman Ravine in April was recovered early Monday, according to a news release from the White Mountain National Forest.

Norman Priebatsch, 67, tripped while hiking and slid into a deep crevasse on April 1st.

While a searcher was partially lowered into the crevasse shortly after he fell the body couldn’t be seen and experts concluded he couldn’t have survived such a fall.

Additional efforts were suspended out of fear that a rescuer could be hurt or killed, officials said.

However, Sunday officials decided a different tunnel that connected with the crevasse had melted enough for a recovery attempt.

It took about two hours to recover the body.