Young hiker in hospital after falling 90 feet on popular Mt. Si trail
NORTH BEND-- A young teen is in the hospital with serious injuries after falling 90 feet while hiking the Mt. Si trail Saturday morning.
Around 11 a.m. fire crews received a report that a 15-year-old boy had taken a serious fall. He was hiking the trail with his Kennedy Catholic High School cross-country team, officials said, as part of a yearly trip.
Rescue crews and a helicopter sent to the scene reached the injured student, who was found unconscious.
Another teen who became stuck while trying to help his friend was also rescued. He was uninjured.
The injured male was taken to Harborview Medical Center with serious head injuries.
In a statement on their Facebook page, the school said the injured teen was doing well.
"Earlier today, during an organized cross country event at Mt. Si, two of our students were involved in an incident with one injured in a fall. After the student was reached by rescue crews and airlifted from the area, President Prato met the family at the hospital where the student is communicating and doing well. The other student was safely escorted down the trailhead. Our coaches, students and parent volunteers handled the situation with the utmost professionalism and remained calm throughout. They were well prepared with safety protocols and reacted quickly to contact emergency personnel. We are thankful to them and everyone who kept us in their prayers today and most especially to the rescue crews who aided our hikers during this situation."
Mt. Si trail is a popular, steep hiking trail off Interstate 90. The trail gains 3,100 feet in a little under four miles, and is hiked by around 100,000 people a year, according to the Washington Trails Association.
This story is breaking and will be updated shortly.