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Three Serious Injuries Confirmed at Ice Cave Collapse
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 6,
CONTACT: Shari Ireton, Director
VERLOT, Wash. - Sheriff’s Office Search
and Rescue has confirmed one fatality at the partial collapse of the Big Four
Ice Caves earlier today. One adult female
and two adult males were transported from the area by Airlift Northwest with
serious injuries to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
In addition, one juvenile female was transported via
ground to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett with minor
The initial call came in to 911 around 5:38 p.m. and it
is estimated that the collapse occurred around 45 minutes
earlier. The Sheriff’s Office
helicopter rescue team was able to reach the three seriously injured people and
transport them to the Big Four Ice Caves picnic area, where they were delivered
to AirLift Northwest.
The Big Four Ice Caves area is closed until further
notice while search and rescue teams assess the area for recovery of the
deceased victim. Due to the fragile
nature of the ice at the caves because of hot weather and rock fall from
overhead, teams are working to ensure the safety of all rescue
personnel. The recovery efforts
have been suspended for the evening.
The next update will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow.