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Search Continues for Man who Fell into Sunset Falls Friday Night   

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  June 26, 2023

CONTACT: Courtney O’Keefe, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, 425-388-3865, Media line: 425-249-6263

 

INDEX, Wash. – The Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) unit and Fire Rescue Swimmers responded to Sunset Falls around 9:20 p.m. Friday for reports of a 40-year-old Tacoma man who slipped and fell into the falls and did not resurface. Rescue teams searched the area for several hours Friday night but were unable to locate the man. 

 

Early on Saturday, Sheriff’s Office SAR deputies, the Swiftwater Rescue Team and drone operators returned to the location. They continued search operations throughout Saturday and Sunday. They were unable to locate the victim. Searchers found some of the man’s clothing in the river. 

 

Search and Rescue teams are back at Sunset Falls today. Additional updates will be provided as they become available.   

 

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Currents are swift in Snohomish County creeks and rivers and water temperatures are still very cold. Consider the following safety tips before exploring our county’s waterways: 

• Always wear a life jacket when you are on the water. Never go near moving water without one.

• Beach logs, riverbanks and rocks near the shore are usually slippery. A fall can knock you unconscious and prevent you from being able to save yourself.

• Consider bringing a whistle. If you are in trouble, it could help alert nearby people.

• Keep kids within arm's reach. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among young children. 

• Don't dive in. Two-thirds of catastrophic neck injuries occur in open water and the sea.