A Connecticut man died on a hiking trail in New Hampshire’s White Mountains on Saturday after suffering a medical emergency and rescue teams were hampered by the weather.
The man, who was 66, was about two miles from the base of Jewell Trail on Mount Washington with his three adult sons when he suddenly collapsed, New Hampshire Fish and Game officials said in a statement. His sons performed CPR for more than two and a half hours as a rescue helicopter hovered over the ground, unable to reach it due to dense cloud cover, the statement said.
The man was not immediately identified by fisheries and game officials, but is believed to be from Naugatuck, Connecticut.
The man collapsed at around 12:15 p.m. and a Concord Army National Guard helicopter arrived on the trail at around 2:48 p.m. but could not reach the man due to “low cloud cover and thick “.
Conservation officers on the ground attempted to guide the helicopter, but the clouds were too inhibiting and it was forced to return to refuel at Berlin Airport. Clouds were pushed back by a front as the helicopter refueled, and crews were able to reach the man on his return, the statement said.
The man was placed in a stretcher and hoisted by winch into the helicopter. The nature of the medical emergency was not immediately known. He was later pronounced dead.