Rescue on Mt. Washington

rescue on Mt WashingtonOn Tuesday morning New Hampshire Fish and Game received a call from 911 regarding an injured woman on the Ammonoosuc Ravine trail on Mount Washington. The women identified as Kathleen M. Maguire, 56 of Antrim, New Hampshire had injured her ankle and couldn’t go on. AMC personnel hiked down the trail to Maguire from the AMC Lake in the Clouds hut to her location approximately 2/10 of a mile below the hut.  They splinted and helped her get to the hut arriving approximately 4:30 PM.  A medical helicopter was called in order to transport her out but was unable to fly due to weather conditions.  Base on the medical assessment and Maguire it was determined that she would stay overnight at the hut and see what the weather was in the morning. On June 8 it was again determined that the weather was no better and temperatures were going to drop and winds increase 60 mph.  New Hampshire Fish  Game Conservations Officers, Rescuers from Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue, AMC, Mount Washington State Park, Mount Washington Observatory and a class from SOLO Wilderness Medicine located in Conway responded to this recuse. 

A state park van and other vehicles were used to take rescuers up the top of the mountain where they hike 1.5 miles down to the Lake in the Clouds hut using the Crawford Path. Where they put Maguire in a litter and carried her up to the top of Mt. Washington arriving at approximately 2:30 PM. She was then transported by private vehicle down the Mount Washington Auto Road to an ambulance were she signed off on any additional medical care. She planned on seeking medical attention in the Concord, New Hampshire area. Weather conditions in and around the summit of Mount Washington were extreme during this rescue.  Hurricane force winds blew, temperatures were in the low 30 and dropping and visibility was 10 to 20 feet at times.

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