WMUR.COM: One of three hikers swept down the slopes of Mount Washington in an avalanche Thursday said he and the others are lucky to be alive.

A group of 12 hikers was climbing the mountain to raise money and awareness for families of Special Operations forces killed and wounded in action. Three of them were caught when a slab of snow broke loose, sending them 800 feet down the mountain.

Hiker J.P. Politz said being caught in the avalanche was like being caught in ocean waves and getting pummeled around.

“Honestly, it was, ‘I think I’m going to die,'” he said. (READ MORE)