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Captain Kevin Jordan, 603-271-3128 
Lt. Robert Bryant, 603-271-3127
July 19, 2010

Fatal Fall for N.J. Hiker in Tuckerman’s Ravine on Mt. Washington

CONCORD, N.H. -- On Saturday, July 17, 2010, at approximately 5:00 p.m., Christopher Baillie, age 24, of Forked River, New Jersey, fell to his death while hiking Mt. Washington.  Baillie and four friends were hiking on the Tuckerman’s Ravine Trail when Baillie went off the trail to the top of a waterfall.  Baillie slipped on the rocks and was washed over the headwall, falling approximately 100 to 200 feet to his death.

Rescue personnel from the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), US Forest Service and New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers responded to the accident. The first rescuers to reach Baillie quickly confirmed that he was dead.

A technical recovery was initiated to take Baillie down the mountain.  Ropes were used to assist rescuers and lower the litter to the Tuckerman Ravine Trail.  Baillie was transported over land to the AMC Pinkham Notch facility, then to Bryant’s Funeral Home in Berlin, where the Medical Examiner will conduct its investigation.

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