Whatcom County, WA – Two people were hurt on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 when they fell approximately 30-40 feet from a cliff near the entrance to Larabee State Park. Fire Officials said the couple appears to have fell onto the rocks below the cliff after a hammock they were in broke while they were watching the sunset.
According to the emergency services app Pulse Point, multiple fire agencies from Whatcom and Skagit County responded to the medical emergency at 8:05 p.m. after one of the two injured parties called 9-1-1 from their cell phone.
Whatcom Emergency Services posted on Facebook that Skagit Fire/Paramedics, South Whatcom Fire Authority Fire and Rescue, a Bellingham Fire Boat, The United State Coast Guard and a Whidbey Island Navy Search and Rescue Helicopter were all dispatched to the incident.
The patients were assessed by medics and firefighters on scene that were able to walk down a trail to the patients and it was determined that a Bellingham Fire Department Boat would be easiest and quickest to transport the two patients to an awaiting ambulance before they were transported to St. Joes in Bellingham. The U.S. Coast Guard and Whidbey Island Navy Search and Rescue crews were cancelled while in route.
The couple was not identified but South Whatcom Fire Chief Dave Ralston told the Bellingham Herald the couple was a man and woman in their 20’s.
One patient was in the Intensive Care Unit and one had minor injuries. No further information on their condition was available.