Snohomish County Search and Rescue team recovers hiker's body on Gothic Basin Trail

After days of effort a Snohomish County Search and Rescue team recovered a hiker's body on the Gothic Basin Trail on Wednesday, July 29th. The male hiker died on Friday, July 24th, when an ice bridge he was crossing collapsed.

From a July 30, 2020, Snohohmish County Sheriff's Office press release.

The body of a 30 year-old Seattle man who fell through an ice bridge on the Gothic Basin Trail has been recovered.

At around 5:00 p.m on Friday, July 24th, 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 and he 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 to the spot on 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.


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