April 11 at approximately 2PM, the Snoqualmie Fire Department responded to reports of a seriously injured logging worker about 26 miles deep into the Snoqualmie Tree Farm, which encompasses 90,000 acres stretching 25 miles north and east of Snoqualmie Falls.
The mainline access to the area is near Millpond Road and fire crews had to be escorted to the site by the Campbell Global Timber Management security division.
The response took approximately one hour due to rough, forested terrain. Crews were then directed to the victim, who was located approximately 500 yards down a steep embankment.
According to King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) Sgt. Cindi West, the logger died when a tension cable used to transport timber up steep hillsides snapped and struck him. She said it appeared the anchor that held the cable became dislodged, causing the tragic accident.
Because to the steep terrain and remote location of the active logging site, search and rescue crews had to wait for daylight on Wednesday to recover the victim. Rigging equipment was needed to complete the dangerous recovery mission.
Sgt. West said the victim was a 25-year old male from the Buckley/Enumclaw area.