THOMPSON & MESERVE’S PURCHASE — A skier from Vermont who became stranded on the west side of Mount Washington Wednesday night was rescued by Fish & Game officers and volunteers.
According to a news release, Sean Bagdon, 20, of Colchester, Vt., encountered icy conditions while sking down Burt’s Ravine, becoming stranded when he feared he might fall further into the ravine.
A skiing companion called 911 about 6:15 p.m., the news release said. Bagdon had no crampons, ice ax or rope, and was not prepared or able to get himself out of his predicament, officials said.
Rescuers rode a snowmobile along the Cog Railway to Jacob’s Ladder, then hiked another quarter mile to Bagdon’s companion, who directed them to the stranded skier, officials said.
A rescuer hiked down to Bagdon, the news release said, and helped him from the ravine using a safety harness and rope. They arrived back at the Cog tracks about 10:20 p.m., and at the Cog parking lot about 11 p.m., the release said.
Fish & Game officials reminded those venturing into the White Mountains to bring the correct gear, especially this time of year, when conditions can range from deep powder snow to ice.