FOLLOWUP: Video Released of Dramatic Rescue of Burien Boy from Wallace Falls
UPDATE MONDAY 5/21/12: The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office released the following video showing their dramatic, successful rescue efforts to save a 13-year old Burien boy from a narrow rock just above the 265-foot high Wallace Falls near Gold Bar on Sunday:
KING5-TV also did a video report on the boy, now identified as William Hickman:
PREVIOUSLY: A 13-year old Burien boy caused some serious drama when he was rescued from a narrow rock just above the 265-foot Wallace Falls near Gold Bar early Sunday morning (May 20).
The incident began around 5 p.m. Saturday evening when the boy was hiking with his father and his father’s friend.
Police say the boy waded into Wallace River, slipped on some rocks, fell into the water and went over a 10-foot waterfall before he was able to safely climb on to a rock, narrowly escaping the 265-foot main waterfall just below.
He spent around eight hours stranded on the narrow rock, surrounded by raging whitewater, just feet from the treacherous falls.
Officials said the operation was a challenge because an overhead rock face prevented a clear descent from a rescue helicopter. A rescuer attempted to repel from a fixed surface, but his rope broke and he fell into the water. That rescuer was rescued and made it to the river bank safely with minor injuries.
A second team of rescuers hiked up the trail and found the boy standing on the rock, wet and hypothermic. They were able to throw him some dry clothes and food, then set up a rigging that would allow them to rescue him using a 24-foot aluminum ladder placed horizontally across the 20-foot wide river.
The boy’s identity was not released, but we’re pretty sure he’ll be talking about this in school tomorrow.