New York hiker’s rescue hampered by strong winds and low temperatures

Rescuers on Monday found the body of a 32-year-old female hiker on Mount Adams, Washington, after battling extreme weather for hours.

Planning to hike the Presidential Range, New Yorker Kate Matrosova was dropped off by her husband at the base of Mount Adams at around 5:00 a.m. Sunday.

About 10 hours later, Matrosova, who was hiking alone, activated her personal locator beacon, sending her coordinates to rescuers.

However, rescuers failed to locate her. “Unfortunately, a lot of the coordinates that we received over the night are all over the place within a mile circumference,” said Lt. Jim Goss, of New Hampshire Fish and Game in an interview with New Hampshire Public Radio. The rescue operation was further obstructed as temperatures dropped below -30°F (-1ºC) and wind speeds exceeded 100 miles per hour.

A National Guard helicopter was deployed Monday morning, but rescuers could not locate Matrosova as snow had reduced visibility.

Rescuers found the body of the hiker near Star Lake between Mt. Madison and Mt. Adamon later on Monday. Authorities believe Matrosova died of exposure to the extreme cold.

Matrosova was not equipped to hike in the extreme weather, said Saunders.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Kate Matrosova’s husband dropping her off at the mountain base
2. Kate Matrosova hiking alone
3. Kate Matrosova activating personal locator beacon
4. Circumference of the signals, temperature and wind speed
5. National Guard helicopter flying above the mountain
6. Rescuers locating the body of Kate Matrosova

VOICEOVER (in English):
"Planning to hike the Presidential Range, New Yorker Kate Matrosova was dropped off at the base of Mount Adams at around 5:00 a.m. Sunday.”

“She was hiking without any companions.”

“About 10 hours later, Matrosova activated her personal locator beacon, sending her coordinates to rescuers.”

"However, rescuers failed to locate her because the SOS signals put her anywhere within a one-mile area. The rescue operation was further obstructed as temperatures dropped below -30°F and wind speeds exceeded 100 miles per hour.”

“A National Guard helicopter was deployed Monday morning, but rescuers could not locate Matrosova because snow lowered visibility.”

“Rescuers found the body of the hiker near Star Lake between Mt. Madison and Mt. Adamon later on Monday.”

SOURCES: WCVB, New Hampshire Public Radio
http://www.wcvb.com/news/rescuers-search-for-missing-hiker-near-mt-adams/31295100
http://nhpr.org/post/new-york-hiker-found-dead-white-mountains