30-year-old New York man dies while hiking White Mountains from Sandwich

CONCORD — A 30-year-old New York man died while hiking in the White Mountains Wednesday afternoon.

According to the N.H. Fish & Game Department, Christopher J. Todd, age 30, of Rochester, N.Y., was on a group hike up the Blueberry Ledge Trail, which starts in Sandwich. He had hiked about four miles with the group to the summit of Mount Whiteface, then, about 5 p.m., he became unable to continue as they descended. Todd stopped and lost consciousness about a mile from the trailhead. His fellow hikers called 911 for help.

Todd's condition deteriorated, so his companions began cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and continued until they were relieved by emergency personnel from the Sandwich and Tamworth fire departments, as well as Fish and Game Conservation Officers.

Emergency treatment continued on the mountain trail but lifesaving measures were discontinued at 7:09 p.m., when it was determined that Todd had died.

Also participating in the response were fire department personnel from Moultonborough, Tuftonboro, and West Ossipee; as well as Stewart's Ambulance Service in Meredith.

While the cause of Todd's death remains unknown, Fish and Game officials cautioned that when hiking in the mountains during periods of unusually high temperatures, it is especially important that you are well hydrated before you head out and that you drink plenty of water throughout your hike.

No further information is available at this time.

For information on safe hiking, visit http://www.hikeSafe.com.