A 60-year-old man from Mashpee died unexpectedly while summiting Mount Jefferson in New Hampshire on Saturday, September 12.

The hiker, Joseph M. Gormley, was with a small group of people when he collapsed around 2 PM, according to Lieutenant Mark Ober of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

Nearby hikers, who also happened to be medical professionals, witnessed the event. They immediately began to perform CPR and notified rescue services.

A Blackhawk helicopter from the National Guard in Concord, New Hampshire, extracted Mr. Gormley from the site.

“Despite all the exhaustive efforts by fellow hikers providing constant resuscitation for nearly two hours and the arrival of the National Guard helicopter, he did not survive,” New Hampshire Fish and Game stated in a press release.

Before the collapse, Mr. Gormley was an experienced hiker and in good health.

A visitation will be held at the Chapman Cole & Gleason Funeral Home in Mashpee on Sunday, September 20, from 1 to 4 PM.

A private funeral Mass and private burial are scheduled for the next day.

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