Quebec hikers rescued from Mt. Washington after snow, fatigue halt trek

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COOS COUNTY — Two hikers from Quebec, Canada, were rescued from Mount Washington on Thursday evening after becoming stranded due to harsh winter conditions.

Francois Nadeau and Pierre Nadeau called 911 for assistance around 5:18 p.m. when they found themselves wet, exhausted, and unable to proceed because of deep snow and limited trail visibility.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers responded to the emergency call.

After a five-hour search, the officers located the hikers at 10:10 p.m. They were escorted up the Wamsutta Trail to the Auto Road and then driven down the mountain.

Authorities reported that the hikers had not adequately prepared for the winter conditions, which included below-freezing temperatures and rain, and did not anticipate the challenges presented by deep snow on the trail.

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