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Hiker Deceased After Medical Emergency


CONTACT: Lt David Bowman, , Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Media line:  425-249-6263

Verlot, WASH. – A hiker died today after suffering a medical emergency near here.

About 2:07 PM SNOPAC dispatch received a 911 call about a male subject with a medical problem near the Heather Lake Trailhead.  Medic and aid units from Verlot Fire, Granite Falls Fire, and Lake Stevens Fire responded as well as Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue and a Snohomish County Sheriff deputy.  SNOHAWK10 was also paged out to assist.  The initial report was the man appeared to be having a seizure.

An additional sign of distress was received from another hiker triggering his personal distress beacon to help summon aid for the stricken man.  That alert was relayed to SNOPAC from the State Department of Emergency Management.

The man was hiking with friends who ended up starting CRP in an attempt to save his life.  A nurse also hiking in the area aided in CPR before medic crews arrived.

After crews reached the man they determined CPR was in progress.  It was continued until crews determined the man had no life signs and was deceased.  SNOHAWK10 continued to respond to airlift the deceased due to the rugged area he was in.

The man is believed to be 36 years old and while his hometown was not immediately known, he is believed to be from the Puget Sound area.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner was called to investigate and will determine the cause and manner of the man’s death.