MOUNT WASHINGTON, N.H. (AP) — Authorities have not been able to reach a Boston man who fell into a deep crevasse on New Hampshire’s Mount Washington.

Officials say Norman Priebatsch was hiking with three other people Sunday afternoon in Tuckerman Ravine when he fell, sliding down a slope and into the crevasse.

tuckerman ravine Boston Man Falls Into Deep Crevasse On Mount Washington

Tuckerman Ravine (file image)

The other hikers went for help after calling for him and getting no response.

Members of the U.S. Forest Service Snow Ranger, Appalachian Mountain Club caretakers and local search and rescue groups responded.

A ranger was lowered about 50 feet into the crevasse, but going further was not possible due to the hanging ice, running water and snow.

The Forest Service said Monday evening that recovery efforts have been suspended until a safe entry situation exists.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Comments (7)
  1. Marky says:

    New Hampshire the “Free Fall and Die” state. Maybe if his friends said he was 3 yrs old and trapped in a well…they’d get him out.

    1. Julie the Jarhead says:

      This isn’t the most inane comment I’ve ever seen … but it comes close.

  2. Gavan says:

    He fell into a crevasse.
    Chances are that he has drowned or is suspended upside down.

    The location he fell into has taken the lives of others in the past 100 years and
    It turns into a river under the snow at this time.

    FYI , He is basically caught in a river under the snow.

    Marky, I bet you wouldn’t have the balls to even try this type of rescue attempt.

  3. Monkey says:

    Putting other lives at stake to rescue a dead person is just not logical.

    Everyone knows, or should know if they read the news ever, the dangers of hiking in unknown and dangerous areas. It’s too bad for the family and friends he left behind.

  4. Truthmom says:

    They didn’t call it a rescue, they called it a recovery…meaning they assume him to be dead.

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