Kankakee woman rescued in N.H.

August 3, 2018

Daily Journal Staff Report

Kankakee resident Krista Brousse and her father wanted to re-create the journey they took up Mount Washington in New Hampshire four decades ago.

They weren’t successful.

On Tuesday, Brousse, 51, and her father, Carl Bergeson, 77, of Ocala, Fla., were rescued from the mountain.

The two started their climb at 10 a.m., saying they thought they had plenty of time to reach the top, according to the Boston Globe.

“We knew it was going to be a vigorous hike,” she told the newspaper.

Her father had trained for weeks, and they brought a compass, warm clothes and plenty of water, but not a flashlight, the Globe reported.

The mountain is 6,288 feet.

Her father reportedly became fatigued and needed to rest more as they approached the peak. Night was nearing, and her cellphone lost nearly all of its charge, so she called a relative to alert authorities.

A park ranger showed up soon after. Her father was 25 yards from the top when they found him, the Globe said. He was reportedly cold and tired but fine.

“It was the last mile that got us,” Brousse told the Globe.

She also said to the newspaper that she was embarrassed she had to call for help, but glad they returned safety.

When they last took the trip, she was 11 and he was 37.

The Daily Journal left a message on Brousse’s Facebook page Thursday, but it was not returned.

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