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Mother, daughter rescued from White Mountains during whiteout conditions

The hikers said they would not have survived the night in the freezing and snowy weather.

A mother and daughter were rescued Thursday afternoon after finding themselves blinded by whiteout conditions on a peak in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, officials said.

Catherine Courtemanche, 24, and Nathalie Beaudet, 54, credited rescuers with saving their lives and said they would not have survived the night in the freezing and snowy weather, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said in a statement.

The pair called 911 at 3:15 p.m., about an hour before sunset, from atop Mount Lafayette in Franconia, N.H., and said they were unable to locate the trail to descend because of high winds and whiteout conditions, the department said.

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