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SAR Recovers Body near Gothic Basin Trail


CONTACT: Courtney O’Keefe, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office

Courtney.O’, 425-388-3865, Media line: 425-249-6263

GRANITE FALLS, Wash. The body of a 30 year-old Seattle man who fell through an ice bridge on the Gothic Basin Trail has been recovered. Around 5 p.m. on Friday, July 24, the male was hiking in the Gothic Basin area, approximately three miles up from Barlow Pass, when an ice bridge collapsed as he was crossing. The male fell through the ice and during the collapse both ice and snow boulders fell on top of him. The 30 year-old male died at the scene.

Search and Rescue (SAR) responded to the area Friday night and located the male, but were unable to recover his body at that time due to dangerous conditions. Rescue teams returned early Saturday morning but were again unable to recover the man’s body due to the difficult and technical operations. SAR returned Tuesday to check the location for snowmelt. On Wednesday, SAR deputies, with assistance from the Sheriff’s Office helicopter, SnoHawk 1, and rescue personnel from Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue, recovered the man’s body from the scene. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner took custody of his body and will provide positive identification, as well as determine the cause and manner of death.