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Hiker Rescued After Slipping at Wallace Falls

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 14, 2013

CONTACT: Lieutenant Susy Johnson
Breaking News Pager: 425-339-5700

A twenty-three year old man from Monroe, Washington, was rescued today after slipping and falling at Wallace Falls.  The man slipped at approximately 1:30 this afternoon, travelling approximately 40-50 feet down the falls before he was able to stop and get on top of some rocks in the river. 

Gold Bar Fire was assisted by Technical Rescue Firefighters from District #7 and Monroe Fire, as the man was stuck on the rocks in the river.  They were able to get a firefighter out to the rocks to assist the man and help him get into a “screamer suit,” for a helicopter rescue.  Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue used their SNOHAWK helicopter to lower a HRT Rescue member down to the rocks, and then they “short hauled” the hiker and rescuer out at approximately 5:00 pm this evening.  The “short haul” ended when the hiker was lowered to the nearby parking lot of Fire Station #54, where he was then transported to a nearby hospital.  His injuries were believed to be minor.

The area of the rescue is considered the middle area of the lower falls.  This hiker did not go over the main, long falls area.  Wallace Falls is located along the Skykomish River, in the Sultan area of Snohomish County, Washington.

The man was described as hiking with friends when the incident occurred, but no other details were available regarding who was in his group or what may have caused him to slip.