Two Federal Way Teens Killed After Fall Near North Bend

Two Federal Way teenagers were killed Sunday night (Sept. 16) after falling during a hike near Otter Falls outside of North Bend, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. Cindi West told us that the incident happened sometime Sunday evening, when a group of four teen boys was hiking. Two of them climbed a rock near the falls, fell from it and were seriously injured.

The two other teens tried to help the injured boys. One ran down the trail for help. He found two other hikers on the trail who went up to assist the injured boys. The teen continued five miles down the trail until he was able to find a Forest Service employee, who called 911.

The King County Sheriff’s Office received the call around 7:30 p.m. and sent Search and Rescue Unit members to the area. Snohomish County also responded with a helicopter.

By the time the search and rescue teams arrived the two boys had already died as a result of their injuries. The boys were 16 and 18 years of age, and their identities were not released.

Apparently the two men that went back up the trail to help stayed with the two injured boys and the other boy and made a fire to keep them warm while waiting for rescue personnel. Police said they also performed CPR on the two boys when they stopped breathing.

“This is a very tragic situation,” West added. “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.”

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