Teenager Miraculously Survives 400-Foot Plunge in Washington Canyon

Over Memorial Day weekend, a teenager in Washington State fell around 400 feet down the edge of a canyon, sustaining just minor injuries, according to investigators.

The 19-year-old man who went missing on Saturday was trying to hike under the High Steel Bridge, according to Matthew Welander, the fire chief for West Mason, who spoke with King5.

According to Welander, in order to reach the youngster, a rescue squad had to be sent in, and a firefighter in a harness was had to repel from the edge of the bridge.

“Hooked him up into a harness and brought him all the way back up,” he stated.

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The High Steel Bridge, standing at 365 feet high, is the tallest railroad bridge ever constructed in the United States, according to the Washington Trails Association.

An official statement from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, accompanied by images from the rescue, was posted on Facebook.

“Thanks to the dedicated efforts of our Special Operations Rescue Team, he was rescued and sustained only minimal injuries,” the sheriff’s office stated.

Welander states that attempts at rescues typically result in the recovery of a body and occur three to five times year. He claimed that there are roughly 20 deaths for every survivor.

“We get a lot of practice hauling dead bodies out of here,” he stated.

On Monday, West Mason Fire posted the following caution on Facebook: “Remember, do Not hike down next to the bridge.

“Luckily the 19 year old made it out alive. A lot of our rescues aren’t so lucky,” it stated.

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