New Hampshire hiker dies of accidents soon after large-possibility snow rescue, officials say

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A New Hampshire hiker, who ran into severe weather conditions and texted his wife he would die with out assist, has succumbed to his injuries following rescuers located him on a mountainous trail in a hypothermic point out Saturday night time, authorities explained.

The hiker, later on identified as 53-calendar year-old Xi Chen, of Andover, Massachusetts, was trying to traverse the Presidential Variety when he was overcome by critical climate on the Gulfside Trail close to Mt. Clay in Coos County, New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Fish and Recreation Regulation Enforcement Division mentioned.

Fish and Game officers experienced been responding to various calls from cold hikers stuck on the trail when they got a connect with from Xi’s spouse about 6:30 p.m.

“The hiker experienced despatched a text concept to his spouse telling her that he was chilly and moist and could not continue on on,” the agency stated. “He additional wrote that he felt he would die without a rescue.”


Officials quickly introduced a rescue to the location, describing the terrain in the higher peaks as treacherous, with freezing temperatures, rain, sleet, snow and winds gusting over 80 mph. Only experienced rescuers with suitable equipment were being dispatched for this rescue, the company stated.

Rescuers said the conditions around the Gulfside Trail near Mount Clay in New Hampshire were treacherous, with 80 mph wind gusts, freezing temperatures and driving snow, officials said.

Rescuers stated the problems around the Gulfside Trail in the vicinity of Mount Clay in New Hampshire ended up treacherous, with 80 mph wind gusts, freezing temperatures and driving snow, officers explained.
(NH Fish and Recreation Section Regulation Enforcement Division)

Rescuers located the hiker immediately after an hour, enduring driving rain and blowing snow. Officials mentioned Xi was unresponsive and in a extremely hypothermic state. 

Although attempting to heat him up, the agency said rescuers detected indications of lifetime irrespective of him remaining unresponsive. Rescuers then raced to have the hiker up toward the summit of Mt. Washington, trekking about a mile in rain and buffeting winds.

At the summit, rescuers positioned the hiker in a truck and drove him down to the base the place an ambulance was ready to rush him to the healthcare facility. Following quite a few hours of life conserving attempts, Xi was pronounced useless.

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Officials explained that a number of other hikers ignored the forecasted weather ailments and alternatively of turning again or bailing to safer elevations, they pressed on and ultimately termed 911 expecting a rescue.

“In some cases possessing ample gear is not plenty of,” the company claimed. “In climate problems skilled this weekend it is superior to descend and get out of the wind and cold as an alternative of pushing on until it is also late.”

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