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Successful Search and Rescue of Three Teens Yesterday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  December 5, 2016

CONTACT: Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office
shari.ireton@snoco.org, 425-388-3377, Media line:  425-249-6263

GRANITE FALLS, WASH. – Three teenagers were located late yesterday afternoon after becoming lost while hiking off Deer Mountain Rd.  The two 17 year-old and one 16 year-old males called 911 after finding themselves in steep terrain and inadequately equipped for the incoming inclement weather around 3:30 p.m. north of Granite Falls.  About 30 Search and Rescue volunteers responded with a Sheriff’s deputy and a firefighter from Snohomish County FD #17. The team was joined by an area resident who was able to direct them to the boys’ location by using a 4x4 on a logging road. The boys were located around 5 p.m. and safely reunited with their families.

“Given the conditions and what the boys were wearing, I’m not confident they understood what a dangerous situation they were in,” said SAR Sgt. Danny Wikstrom. “They were very lucky, but luck is not a survival plan.”

Search and Rescue recommends that anyone going out into the backcountry, even if for just a short day hike, should bring the 10 essentials and leave a hiking/trip plan with someone.

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