By Heather Chadwick, Snohomish County Fire District 7 Public Information and Education Officer.
At 1:38 pm on Friday, May 19, 2017, crews were dispatched to a technical rescue response for a hiker trapped under a rock on Forrest Service Road 6340 in Index.
The victim, a male in his 20’s, was in a group of four climbing on a steep rock field when the boulder gave way pinning him underneath. The other hikers called 911 while on the trail approximately 1.2 miles up the steep road.
When crews from the Snohomish County Technical Rescue team arrived, they were able to access the hikers and bring in equipment by using a Polaris Ranger 6x6 and four-wheel drive rescue vehicles.
Technical Rescue team members set up a cable tension system to pull the boulder off the victim and then used a rope system to bring the victim to the trail. Unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries before crews arrived.
Crews who assisted in the rescue efforts were Snohomish County Fire District 26, Fire District 28, Fire District 7, Fire District 1, and Everett Fire.
This is the second technical rescue call of this nature this year, with someone climbing on a rock field with the rocks giving way and trapping them.
We urge all hikers to stay on the trails. We have had a very long, wet winter and the ground under the rocks is unstable. Do not climb on rock fields, and always hike in a group.