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CONTACT:
CO Mark Ober: 603-271-3361
Lt. Doug Gralenski: 603-788-3164
Lt. Robert Bryant: 603-271-3127
August 19, 2010, 4:30 p.m.

Rescue of Fallen Climber in Huntington Ravine on Mt. Washington Underway

CONCORD, N.H. – Rescuers are working to bring a young rock climber to safety after he fell 150 feet down a steep ledge on the upper reaches of Huntington Ravine on Mt. Washington today (Thursday, August 19, 2010) at about 11:30 a.m.  The young man, 17-year-old Sean McCarthy of Exeter, N.H., was rock climbing in the Central Gully of Huntington Ravine when he fell. He came to rest about two-thirds of the way up the headwall and is believed to be seriously injured. His father, who was also in the Huntington Ravine, made a 911 call for help.

As of Thursday afternoon, rescuers were still on scene and conducting a long arduous carryout from the remote location. It is expected to take several hours before rescuers can transport the victim to the trailhead.

Rescue personnel include New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers, Appalachian Mountain Club personnel, Wilderness First Responders, the Androscoggin Valley Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service, and volunteers from SOLO (Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities, a wilderness medicine school).

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UPDATE 8/20/2010 11:00 a.m.

According to Col. Martin Garabedian, Sean McCarthy is now at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. with multiple injuries. Dozens of rescuers assisted in an arduous carry-out yesterday afternoon (Thursday 8/19/20), after which McCarthy was airlifted from Pinkham Notch to Lebanon at about 6:30 p.m. by the D-HART (Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team) helicopter.

No further information is available at this time. Updates will be posted at www.wildnh.com as they become available.

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