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September 17, 2012 at 5:53 AM

Federal Way school identifies 2 teen hikers who died last night

UPDATE AT 11:55 A.M.:

A Federal Way Christian school has identified the two teens who died while hiking near North Bend as Andrew Lusink and Ben Skagen.

Christian Faith School’s Facebook page said that the two “died in hiking accident last night.”

The Facebook page said  pastors would be available to meet with students.

“Please pray for the Lusink and Skagen families,” school officials posted on their Facebook page.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the two teens, from Federal Way, fell and died while hiking near Otter Falls.

The victims, ages 16 and 18, were with a group of four teens. The victims decided to climb a rock near the falls, fell and were seriously injured.

One of the remaining teens stayed to help them, while the other ran down the trail for help. He found two other hikers who then went up the trail to help. Those hikers performed CPR on the injured teens when they stopped breathing and built a fire to keep them warm.

The teen who went for help continued down and found a Forest Service employee who called 911, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office search and rescue unit and a Snohomish County helicopter responded, but by the time they reached the boys, both had died.

One of the boys who died was the brother of the teen who ran down the trail to get help, the Sheriff’s Office said.

 

| More in General news | Topics: die, hiking, North Bend


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