A hiker and a man who attempted to rescue the hiker fell to their deaths at Pilchuck Falls in Skagit County on Saturday, according to the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office.
At about 9:40 p.m. Saturday, sheriff’s deputies from Skagit and Snohomish counties, along with Skagit County search and rescue personnel, were called to the scene near Lake Cavanaugh with the reports of two men in need of rescue, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.
Intial information indicated that a group of four people had been together on a logging road near the falls and two of them tried to work their way down toward the falls. One of them, a 25-year old man, fell approximately 100 feet. His partner tried to reach him and he got into trouble and was eventually rescued.
The other victim, a 61-year-old man, was in a volunteer search-and rescue group on a training mission in the area that responded to the report of a fallen hiker. He fell while attempting to rescue the hiker.
Search and rescue workers returned to the scene to recover the bodies today. The names of the victims are being withheld until families are notified.