Tourist rescued in NH from Mount Washington trail, found with mild hypothermia
MOUNT WASHINGTON — N.H. Fish & Game rescued a man with potential hypothermia on the Gulfside Trail in Thompson and Meserves Purchase Wednesday at about 7:45 p.m.
Jacob Nodine, 20 of South Carolina, was found by a first rescuer huddled by a fire with his twin brother, Joshua, and their friend Daniel Lewis, 20 of Maine. The three men were attempting to hike the northern Presidential Traverse, a 16 mile trek, when Jacob Nodine fell ill, exhibiting early symptoms of mild hypothermia.
Fish & Game say the men carried most of the essential gear recommended by the Hike Safe program, but Jacob was dressed in combat fatigue pants and a polypropolene shirt with no outer layer, which contributed to his hypothermic condition.
Jacob's hiking companions attempted to warm him up with a space blanket, body heat, and fire, but none provided enough heat to get him to safety. The temperature on the summit at the time of the rescue was 40 degrees with a heavy fog.
The first rescuer was able to provide the extra layers needed and guided the trio to the auto road where they were transported back to their vehicle at the Crawford Path parking lot in Twin Mountain.