Des Moines teenager dies from fall from Rattlesnake Ledge

Des Moines teenager Eddie Petrik was killed Saturday, March 3, after he fell 600 feet from Rattlesnake Ledge near North Bend.

Petrik, 16, and three friends hiked up to the top of Rattlesnake Ledge at about 8:15 a.m. that morning. According to the King County Sheriff’s Office, the terrain at that elevation was still cold and icy. Petrik reportedly got too close to the ledge, lost his footing and fell and estimated 600-feet.

King County Search and Rescue volunteers had been training at the bottom of the mountain ridge during this time and were able to respond immediately. They located the boy quickly, but he’d been killed in the fall.

A crowdfunding campaign to help Petrik’s parents has already reached more than $35,000 of the $40,000 goal.