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Two Federal Way teens killed in 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, the group of four teen boys was hiking the area, when two of the four climbed a rock near the falls.  The two boys fell from the rock and were seriously injured.

The two other teens tried to help the injured boys. One, who was a brother to one of the injured teens, ran down the trail for help.  He found two other hikers on the trail that went up the trail 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.

When the search and rescue teams arrived the boys had already died as a result of their injuries. The boys were 16 and 18 years of age.

According to reports, the two men who went back up the trail for help stayed with the two injured boys, and made a fire to keep them warm. Sheriff's spokeswoman Cindi West said they also attempted CPR on the boys when they stopped breathing.

There is no cell phone service in the area; West said the forest employee would have had to drive down the mountain to call for help.

 

 

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