A New Hampshire man suffered a life threatening lower leg injury after triggering an avalanche while skiing in the Great Gulf on Mount Washington on Saturday, Dec. 9, at about 11:35 a.m. Dominic Torro, 30, of Bow, N.H., was skiing down “Airplane Gully” with a friend when the incident happened. Torro’s friend and another unrelated skier, skied over to assist Torro after he triggered the avalanche and sustained the lower leg injury. No one else was injured or caught in the avalanche. The two other skiers gave aid to Torro and called 911 for assistance. The 911 call was first relayed to US Forest Service Snow Rangers. Due to the incident being outside of the Snow Ranger’s direct jurisdiction it was relayed to New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers. Conservation Officers diverted their efforts from a deer case investigation to the rescue call. The two skiers that gave aid decided to hike out and ski down on their own and both of made it out to their vehicles. Torro was flown from the incident location to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., for treatment of his injuries.
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