Two teams of rescuers were dropped off near the summit at around 9:30 오후. 과 10:30 오후. and hiked through “driving rain, blowing snow, and sustained 50-60 mph winds with gusts over 80 mph” to reach the location Chen was believed to be in, 릴리스 말했다. Due to the buildup of ice on the road, chains were placed on the tires of park trucks to drive rescuers to the summit.
약 10:38 오후, the first rescue team found Chen, 누가 “unresponsive and in a highly hypothermic state,” 릴리스 말했다. Rescuers immediately placed a temporary shelter over him and tried to warm him up, 그것은 말했다.
After detecting signs of life, rescuers carried him over a mile to the summit of Mt. 워싱턴, 릴리스에 따라.
At the summit, Chen was placed in a truck and driven to a waiting ambulance that transported him to the Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin, 약 24 miles northeast of the Mt. Washington summit, NHFG said.
Life saving efforts were performed on Chen for several hours but he could not be revived and was pronounced dead, NHFG said.
Many of the hikers who called for rescues Saturday were not prepared for the weather conditions forecast on Saturday, according to NHFG.
“The forecasted weather conditions, particularly for the higher summits, was not heeded by many hikers,” the agency said in its release. “Several found themselves unprepared for the dangerous conditions above tree line, and instead of turning back or bailing out to safer elevations, they continued on and ultimately called 911 expecting a rescue.”
When NHFG received the emergency call about Chen, officers were already in the midst of carrying an injured hiker out of the Centennial Trail in Shelburne, 기관은 말했다.
“Sometimes having enough gear is not enough,” NHFG advised. “In weather conditions experienced this weekend, it is better to descend and get out of the wind and cold instead of pushing on until it is too late.”