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Hypothermic Hiker Rescued After Falling, Hitting Head and Losing Shoe on New Hampshire Mountain

Joabe Barbosa was "not prepared for the hike," New Hampshire Fish and Game officials said

<p>Getty Images</p> A snow and ice covered sign marks the summit of Mount Washington in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

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A snow and ice covered sign marks the summit of Mount Washington in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
  • Joabe Barbosa, 23, was "not prepared" for his hike when he fell and went into a ravine while hiking on Mount Washington on Thursday, officials said

  • The Kentucky man called 911 and asked for help, and rescuers found him hours later

  • His condition remains unknown as of Friday morning

A hypothermic Kentucky man was rescued hours after he fell, hit his head and lost a shoe while hiking on Mount Washington in New Hampshire on Thursday, authorities said.

The 23-year-old hiker, identified as Joabe Barbosa, was hiking Mount Washington around 6:45 p.m. local time when he went off the trail and into the Ammonoosuc Ravine, New Hampshire Fish and Game officials said.

"While descending into the ravine, Barbosa fell and hit his head and face, lost one of his sneakers, and eventually became hypothermic," the agency said in their release.

Officials said Barbosa managed to call 911 and ask for help. That call was sent to a conservation officer along with the GPS coordinates of his location.

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"The coordinates showed Barbosa well off trail in a drainage ravine alongside one of the tributaries of the Ammonoosuc River, north of the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail at approximately 3,600 feet in elevation," authorities added.

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He was found by conservation officers and a volunteer EMT from Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue around 10:30 p.m.

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Barbosa was given a headlamp, boots, food, a warm drink and proper winter gear, NHFG officials said. Officials said Barbosa was "not prepared for the hike."

He was escorted back to the trail and then to the Cog Railway parking lot. Just over three hours later, the rescue crew arrived at the Cog Railway base station around 1:40 a.m. Friday.

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Barbosa was taken to Littleton Regional Health Care in Littleton by Twin Mountain Ambulance for treatment.

His condition remains unknown at this time.

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