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Hiker rescued after sliding 300 feet in Mason County

Officials with the Mason County Sheriff’s Office said a hiker is lucky to be alive after falling and sliding about 300 feet Sunday from a trail near the High Steel Bridge in Olympic National Forest.

Emergency crews rappelled from the 420-foot steel bridge to rescue William Shaffer, 20, who suffered a dislocated elbow, according to tweets from the Sheriff’s Office. Mason County Search & Rescue and Mason County Fire District 16 assisted in the rescue.

The High Steel Bridge, located about 20 miles north of Shelton, crosses the south fork of the Skokomish River and was built by the Simpson Logging Company in 1929. It is the highest bridge in the state, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Last July, crews rescued a Bremerton man with a leg injury who had slid down a steep embankment under the bridge.

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