The following is a press release from Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority.
A teenage male was rescued on Aug. 7 after suffering injuries while jumping into the Green River, near the Green River Gorge Resort.
The call to 911 was made shortly after 3 p.m. and brought firefighters from KCFD 44/Black Diamond, Enumclaw, Valley RFA, Renton, Tukwila, South King F/R, and the Puget Sound RFA. Members of the King County Sheriff’s office were also dispatched along with their water rescue team.
The first rescuers to reach the patient found him awake with serious injuries from striking the many large rocks that line the river.
After finding an open area along the river, firefighters used a basket lowered by the sheriff office’s helicopter, Guardian 2, to remove the patient from the bank of the river. The patient, in the basket, was winched up into the helicopter and flown to a local hospital.
No further information is available on the patient’s condition.
This is the second rescue in this part of the Green River this summer and is a reminder to anyone to consider these safety tips:
- Always wear a life jacket, and ideally, a helmet
- Swim with a friend and always have a cell phone
- Remember that the river temperature is 48 – 52 degrees
- Supervise children carefully
- Remember that alcohol and water activities should not be mixed