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Body of Seattle man recovered from trail in Cascades

July 30, 2020 GMT

GRANITE FALLS, Wash. (AP) — A mountain rescue team has recovered the body of a Seattle man who fell through an ice bridge on the Gothic Basin trail off the Mountain Loop Highway in the North Cascades.

The 30-year-old man had been hiking Friday afternoon about three miles from a trailhead at Barlow Pass, when he tried to cross the ice bridge, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

He fell through, and then ice and snow boulders fell on top of him, The Herald reported.

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The sheriff’s office says he died at the scene. Search and rescue teams found him that night, but couldn’t recover his body because of dangerous conditions. On Wednesday, the sheriff’s office and Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue were able to recover it.

The Gothic Basin trail, near Monte Cristo, is well known among local hikers for its natural beauty and its perilous snow bridges in the early summer hiking season, when hidden streams form under thinning snowbanks.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office is expected to confirm the man’s identity, as well as his cause and manner of death.

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