PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. (AP) - Four people from a Pennsylvania university are recovering after they became disoriented while descending New Hampshire's Mount Washington in below-zero temperatures and 95 mph wind gusts and sought help.
They were part of a group of 15 from Bloomsburg University hiking the mountain Sunday afternoon. Ten made it to the 6,288-foot summit and began descending in rapidly deteriorating conditions. The four became separated from the rest and faced low visibility and blizzard-like weather. They tried to dig into snow for shelter and activated a GPS satellite messenger device.
New Hampshire's Fish and Game Department got their message and called state police and the U.S. Forest Service, which coordinated teams to find them.
They were brought down by 3:30 a.m. Monday and taken to hospitals as a precaution.
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