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Hiker dies from fall, was descending Mt Washington

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September 20, 2013 10:51 AM EST | AP


PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. — New Hampshire officials say a hiker died after slipping and falling 150 feet while descending a trail at Mount Washington, the Northeast's highest peak.

The Fish and Game Department says the 25-year-old man 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 a 911 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 the man onto a helicopter sent by the National Guard.

The man was flown to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

His name is being withheld pending notification of his family.