Sergeant Mark Ober
Region One Office, Lancaster, NH
September 19, 2013
Note: The name of the deceased has been released: The victim was Luc Paquette, age 25, of Boisbriand, Quebec, Canada.
Hiker Dies after Fall at Tuckerman Ravine
CONCORD, N.H. -- A 25 year old man died after falling while descending the Tuckerman Ravine trail on Thursday afternoon (September 19, 2013). Luc Paquette, age 25, of Boisbriand, Quebec, Canada, was with a group of friends when he wandered off the trail to get a better look at a waterfall and fill his water bottle. He then slipped on the wet terrain and fell approximately 150 feet, landing on a small ledge approximately three-fourths of the way up the headwall.
Rescue personnel from the Appalachian Mountain Club, Mountain Rescue Service, Mount Washington State Park, Mount Washington Observatory and New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers responded after a call for assistance came in from 911 around 5:15 p.m. Fellow hikers, some with medical training, rushed to the scene from as far away as the Hermit Lake Shelter and provided the initial medical treatment.
As soon as the gravity of the victim’s injuries became apparent, a call requesting a National Guard helicopter was made, and crews rushed to put a Black Hawk helicopter in the air. The Black Hawk made the flight from Concord in under 25 minutes. It was a harrowing scene, as the helicopter attempted to fly in close enough to lower a rescue litter while maintaining a safe distance from the sheer edge of the headwall. The crews on the ground worked on a small, wet, treacherous ledge to treat and secure the victim in an attempt to save his life.
The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.
No further information is available at this time.
For information on hiking safety, visit hikesafe.com.
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