2 Wash. state teenagers die after fall during hike
SEATTLE (AP) — Two teenage boys died during a hike in the mountains east of Seattle after falling about 100 feet from some rocks near a waterfall, authorities said Monday.
The two, ages 18 and 16, were with two other boys who had gone hiking to Otter Falls in the Snoqualmie National Forest on Sunday.
One of the boys fell first and the other fell moments later when he looked back at what had happened, the King County Sheriff's office said Monday.
After the fall, one of the other boys ran for help and came upon two hikers, who went to the site to help. The boy continued running down the trail — a total of about five miles — until he found a U.S. Forest Service employee.
"This is a very tragic situation," Sheriff's Sgt. Cindi West said. "There is no cell service in the area, so it is likely that the Forest Service employee had to drive down the mountain to call 911."
The King County Examiner's Office on Monday afternoon identified the victims as 18-year-old Benjamin Skagen and 16-year-old Andrew Lusink.