A HIKER has died after his wife heard his heartbreaking last scream as he fell hundreds of meters down an icy mountainside, authorities said.
The unnamed man died Saturday morning after the tragic fall on Mt Willard in Crawford Notch while taking photos of the scenic view, New Hampshire Fish and Game confirmed in a heartbreaking announcement.
Officials said the pair were out taking photos together before the victim’s wife heard him screaming for help.
She turned and saw him fall down an 800-foot mountainside, authorities said in a statement.
The man fell out of her reach and the freezing conditions prevented her from getting to him, prompting her to call 911.
Mountain Rescue technicians rappeled down the mountain to recover the body, which was about 300 feet below the summit.
Photos released by NH Fish and Game show brave rescuers making their way down the harrowing cliff at around 2:30 p.m.
It took hours before they were able to return the body to the trailhead around 6:45 p.m., officials said.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officials have not yet released the victim’s identity and said they are still updating next of kin about the tragedy.
Sitting at an elevation of 9,500 feet (2,865 m), Mount Willard is a popular spot for hiking, bird watching, and snowshoeing, as the summit offers excellent views of Crawford Notch.
This incident comes after an all-night climbing community was left in shock after seeing a 22-year-old free climber fall 200 feet to his death in Yosemite National Park.
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