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Rescuers come to aid of two stranded Mount Washington hikers

  • ABOVE and BELOW: Rescuers came to the aid of two cold and weary hikers in Huntington Ravine on Mount Washington on Sunday. Photos courtesy of Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue Team

  • Rescuers came to the aid of two cold and weary hikers in Huntington Ravine on Mount Washington on Sunday, June 3. Courtesy of Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue Team


Associated Press
Monday, June 04, 2018

Rescuers helped two stranded hikers out of Huntington Ravine on Mount Washington on Sunday evening as temperatures plunged into the 30s.

New Hampshire Fish and Game officers said the hikers were found about 6½ hours after they called 911 having lost the trail in the ravine.

Daniel Rueda, 27, of Warwick, R.I., and 21-year-old Christopher Petteruto of Coventry, R.I., had gotten lost off the trail Sunday afternoon, according to conservation officers.

“The hikers had insufficient gear to stay warm, which applied additional pressures to the volunteers to make it to them before the situation went from bad to worse,” Fish and Game officials said in a statement.

Once located about 7:30 p.m. in an area known as Henderson’s Buttress, the hikers were given warm clothing, food and water. They were able to hike and climb with rescuers back out to the Huntington Ravine Trail and to the Mount Washington Auto Road.

Rescuers from the Appalachian Mountain Club, Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue, Mountain Rescue Service, and the U.S. Forest Service helped in the search and rescue.

Conservation officers said the forecast for the coming week on Mount Washington includes a “wintry mix” that will likely take the mountain from spring right back into winter.