Teen dies at Mt. Whitney after slipping near stream
August 7, 2008
LONE PINE, Calif. ” A 16-year-old boy slipped and fell to his death Wednesday while hiking by a waterfall on a popular trail leading to the summit of Mt. Whitney, authorities said.
The Inyo County Sheriff’s Department said the teenager was visiting the Inyo National Forest with a youth group from Southern California around 11 a.m. when he fell.
The boy fell near a stream that spills over granite boulders as it gushes through an Eastern Sierra pine forest not far from a popular trailhead where climbers ascend the highest peak in the continental United States.
The boy, whose name has not been released, was given CPR on the scene and taken to Southern Inyo Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said Inyo County Deputy Coroner-Investigator Jeff Mullenhour.
Officials said the boy was with a group that had pitched camp in a nearby campground at Whitney Portal. He was off a trail and about 400 yards from a parking lot when he fell, Mullenhour said.
Mullenhour would not release the boy’s hometown. He said his family had been notified.
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The coroner’s office was to conduct an autopsy and the Sheriff’s Department will investigate, Mullenhour said.