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June 14, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Kent woman missing in Green River; another hiker rescued

 UPDATE, 11:11 p.m. | The search will resume at 10 a.m. Friday, Sgt. Cindi West now says.

 

UPDATE, 10:48 p.m. | The search for the young woman has been called off for the night.  Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff’s Department said it will resume at noon on Friday.

Here is the account West provided for the media a short time ago:

A young man was rescued from the banks of the Green River tonight and a 22-year-old woman from Kent, who was part of a group of hikers they were with, is still missing.

The man was wet and cold when rescuers with the King County Sheriff’s Department managed to get him up the steep, slippery river bank, and he was taken to a hospital by ambulance to be treated for hypothermia.

The two were part of a group of five hikers navigating a rocky, slippery trail not far from the Green River Gorge Bridge when the woman fell into the river. The young man who was later rescued went into the river to assist her, she said.

They both got caught in the current, West said, and the young man lost his grip on the young woman and she was washed down the river.

The search for the young woman extended about a mile downstream from where she fell into the water, West said. The missing woman’s name was not provided, but West said she had a pink backpack and a green shirt.

The hope is that the young woman somehow reached the bank and is hiking in the hills, West said.

 

UPDATE  10 p.m. | Our reporter on the scene, Alexa Vaughn,  says somebody had been taken away in an ambulance.

 

UPDATE 9:24 p.m. | A man who lives nearby in the Green River Gorge Resort said he met the group of hikers. John Thompson said they arrived in a car with California license plates and parked about 1/4 mile from the Green River Gorge Bridge. There were five of them, he said, all young adults, 18 to 20 years old. The three who aren’t in difficulty have been taken from the scene.

Thompson had advised the group to stay on a main trail and they’d reach the ghost town of Franklin. He warned them, he said, to stay off the fork trails because the banks are very slippery.

The group was in a green Chevrolet Cavalier LS and the name “Fairfield” is on the car in a couple of places.

 

EARLIER POST | Efforts are under way to rescue a male hiker from the shore of the Green River near the Green River Gorge bridge, and the whereabouts of a woman hiker are unknown.

Details are sketchy, but Capt. Mark Konoske of the King County Sheriff’s Office said the two had been part of a group of hikers. He did not know how many there were.

Crews are going into the river to rescue the man, he said.

Earlier Sgt. Cindi West, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department said the woman had fallen into the river, and the man had been trying to rescue her.

Media representatives are being kept away from the rescue area; we will update this post as soon as we know more.

Comments | Topics: Cindi West, Green River, King County Sheriff's Office

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