C.O. Christopher J. Egan
629B Main Street
Lancaster, NH 03584
August 5, 2019
Sargent’s Purchase, NH – At approximately 5:00 PM on Monday, August 5, New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers received a 911 call from a hiker who had sustained a shoulder injury while ascending the Huntington Ravine Trail on Mount Washington. The hiker was identified as Thomas Gauvin, 57, of Sutton, MA.
Gauvin had become immobilized on a steep and technical portion of the ravine by an injury that prohibited him from ascending or descending from his position on the rock slab. He was initially assisted and stabilized by another hiker who had come across the situation while hiking.
Technical rescuers from Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue were called in to assist Conservation Officers with extrication of the hiker and his 19-year-old daughter. The pair were secured with harnesses and safety equipment and assisted to the top of the headwall. They were subsequently hiked up to awaiting vehicles at the Mount Washington Auto Road, where they arrived at approximately 9:30 PM.
Gauvin was transported by family members to a nearby hospital for evaluation and treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. He is an experienced hiker who was well prepared, wearing proper clothing and carrying proper equipment for the hike.