Canadian hiker dies after fall from Mount Washington, highest peak in US Northeast

PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. – New Hampshire officials say a hiker from Canada died after slipping and falling 150 feet (46 metres) while descending a trail at Mount Washington, the highest peak in the U.S. Northeast

The U.S. Fish and Game Department says 25-year-old Luc Paquette of Boisbriand, Quebec, was with a group of friends Thursday when he wandered off the Tuckerman Ravine trail to fill his water bottle. He slipped on the wet terrain and fell, landing on a small ledge.

Rescue crews responded after an emergency call came in at about 5:15 p.m. Fellow hikers, some with medical training, rushed to the scene and provided the initial medical treatment. They helped get Paquette onto a helicopter sent by the National Guard.

Paquette was flown to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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