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Two Bodies Recovered near Sunset Falls on Saturday 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  July 26, 2021

 

CONTACT: Courtney O’Keefe, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office

Courtney.O’Keefe@snoco.org, 425-388-3865, Media line: 425-249-6263

 

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Search and Rescue (SAR) deputies responded to Cable Drop Trail near Sunset Falls around 2 p.m. on Saturday for reports of two subjects drowning in the river. Bystanders helped pull the two men from the water and first responders performed life-saving measures on the victims. Efforts to revive the men were unsuccessful and the 56-year-old and the 54-year-old victims died at the scene. 

 

Positive identification of the decedents, as well as the cause and manner of death, will come from the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office.

 

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Currents are swift in Snohomish County creeks and rivers and water temperatures are around 50 degrees.  Consider the following safety tips before exploring our county’s waterways: 

  • Always wear a life jacket when you are on the water. Never go near moving water without one.
  • Beach logs, riverbanks and rocks near the shore are usually slippery. A fall can knock you unconscious and prevent you from being able to save yourself.
  • Consider bringing a whistle. If you are in trouble, it could help alert nearby people.
  • Keep kids within arm's reach. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 14 and under.
  • Don't dive in. Two-thirds of catastrophic neck injuries occur in open water and the sea.