Victims who died at Pilchuck Falls have been identified

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 30, 2014 

SEDRO-WOOLLEY - The two men who died at Pilchuck Falls Saturday night, June 28, have been identified as 62-year-old search and rescue volunteer JB Bryson from Sedro-Woolley and 25-year-old hiker Peder Trettevik from Stanwood.

The bodies of the two men were recovered Sunday morning, after the recovery effort was suspended the night before to wait for daylight, according to Chief Criminal Deputy Don McDermott of the Skagit County Sheriff's Office.

Trettevik was descending a deep ravine using a rope system to reach Pilchuck Falls when he fell approximately 100 feet. A hiking partner attempted to make his way down to Trettevik, but the partner began to fall and ended up trapped, clinging to a tree. Other hikers in Trettevik's group made contact with Skagit County search and rescue personnel at 9:40 p.m.

The search and rescue team retrieved the person who was clinging to the tree. They then attempted to reach Trettevik at the bottom of the ravine. Bryson was among those who responded to help. While clearing an area for rescue equipment to be used to reach Trettevik, he fell to his death, according to McDermott.

After confirming both Bryson and Trettevik had died, the recovery effort for their bodies was suspended until dawn Sunday for safety.

According to Matthew Sias, Skagit County death investigator, both Bryson and Trettevik died from injuries sustained from their falls.

Reach Matthew Thompson at 360-715-2249 or matthew.thompson@bellinghamherald.com.

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