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Suspected Drowning in Index 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 17, 2017 

CONTACT: Lieutenant John Flood, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, john.flood@snoco.org, Media line: 425-249-6263 

INDEX, Wash. – Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Dive and Swift Water Rescue units responded to Sunset Falls near Index this afternoon for a report of a male who had fallen into the Skykomish River. At approximately 3:45 PM on June 17, 2017, a male and female were walking along a road way near the raging Skykomish River when the 49 year old male slipped and fell into the water. The 32 year old female quickly called 9-1-1 to report the incident and to request help. Fire Department resources from the Index and Goldbar area were dispatched, along with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office patrol and water rescue assets. Snohawk 1, from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, was also dispatched to assist with an aerial search of the river. Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue units were also sent to the area to assist with operations. 

Units searched the area at the base of Sunset Falls without success. Sergeant Fenter, with Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, advised the area to be searched is 28’ deep with a tremendous volume of water tumbling over the falls making it extremely unsafe and dangerous to deploy divers into the water. In place of divers, a remote underwater sonar and camera were used to conduct a search from on top of the water. Units searched the area for more than two hours before suspending all operations. When new evidence of the victim’s location is discovered, units will resume operations. The attached photo is of members from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office dive team and Volunteer Search and Rescue searching the pool of water at the base of Sunset Falls. No additional information is available at this time. 

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