North Country
7:48 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Man Killed In Fall On Mount Washington

A 25-year-old hiker was fatally injured in a fall Thursday afternoon while coming down the Tuckerman Ravine Trail on Mount Washington, according to Sgt. Mark Ober of New Hampshire Fish and Game.

The man was hiking with friends and left the trail to get water and a better look at a waterfall when he slipped and fell about 150 feet “landing on a small ledge approximately three quarters of the way up the Headwall," Ober wrote in a news release.

Rescuers determined he had serious injuries and requested a National Guard helicopter, using a hoist to pick up the man in what Ober called “a harrowing display of flying in close enough to lower a rescue litter while maintaining a safe distance away from the sheer ledge of the Headwall.”

Despite the efforts the man, whose identity is being withheld until his family can be notified, was pronounced dead when he reached the hospital in Conway just before 8 p.m.