The high school class journeyed to Baldface Mountain in New Hampshire on September 12. A male student, whose name has not been released, died after suffering a medical emergency, SAD 61 Superintendent Alan Smith told the Portland Press Herald. The outlet reports Carroll County Sheriff’s Department officials responded to the emergency. However, the student died before being successfully transported to a local hospital.
Also speaking to News Center Maine, Smith talks about what happened and how this situation differs from past experiences. “9-1-1 was called and emergency attendees came. They did everything they could, but unfortunately [the student] did pass away. The difference with other situations I’ve dealt with, like a car accident or a suicide, is that those weren’t group events where other students witnessed what happened.”
The school is making counselors readily available, should students want to talk. The Portland Press Herald reports many students are “struggling” with their classmates’ death. “It’s just a horrible situation for everyone involved,” Smith adds. Additionally, the school will check in with other students and chaperones from the trip to make sure they are okay.
Talking to the outlet further, Smith states he did not know the student’s cause of death or even if officials determined what it was. Since the incident occurred, Smith nor the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office have yet to respond for further comments on the situation.
57-Year-Old Woman Found Dead After Separating From Husband on Arizona Hiking Trail
Unfortunately, the high school student passing away while hiking isn’t the only recent instance of that happening. Earlier this month, a 57-year-old woman was found dead after getting separated from her husband on an Arizona hiking trail.
AZFamily reported the Scottsdale Police Department identified the woman as Donna Miller. Found in the Brown’s Ranch hiking system, she was near Jomax and Alma School Road. She went missing early on Saturday while hiking with her husband.
Miller’s husband told authorities he and his wife started hiking around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. They separated but planned on meeting up at a later time in the day. Sadly, Miller didn’t show up to the meeting spot, prompting her husband to call 9-1-1 at 3:15 p.m. Police reported discovering Miller’s body around 9 p.m. that night.
Though uncertain, the Scottsdale Police believe she suffered from a heat-related illness mixed with environmental exposure. The National Weather Service in Phoenix announced an excessive heat warning that weekend, making the suggested cause of death likely. The heat warning also prompted hiking closures for the weekend for Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak Trailhead.