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June 30, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Hiker, rescue volunteer killed at Pilchuck Falls identified

A hiker and rescue volunteer who fell to their deaths at Pilchuck Falls on Saturday have been identified.

The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office identified the rescue-team member as JB Bryson, 62, of Sedro-Woolley. The hiker has been identified as Peder Trettevik, 25, of Stanwood.

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 Lake Cavanaugh area following reports of two men in need of rescue, according to a news release from the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office said a three people had gone down a cliff and as they were climbing back up, one of them, now identified as Trettevik, fell approximately 150 feet. One of his friends tried to climb back down while the other friend climbed up the cliff to call for help.

The friend who climbed down the cliff started to fall and had to cling to a tree until a rescue team reached him.

Bryson was in a volunteer search-and-rescue group on a training mission in the area that responded to the report of a fallen hiker. Members of the volunteer team started to deploy down the cliff to rescue the two people, while other volunteers started to clear an area of brush for the rescue team.

Bryson was clearing brush when he fell approximately 150 feet to his death.

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