Gold Bar (WA) Water Rescue Prompts Call Out | 1

GOLD BAR, Wash. – Firefighters from Gold Bar, Snohomish County Fire Districts 5 and 7 were toned out for a missing 20-something male swimmer in Eagle Falls near Index.  The incident occurred on Memorial Day, May 28, 2018.

The swimmer is described as male, 20’s, wearing black shorts, thin build and last seen jumping into the water and not resurfacing.  The area is about 50 yards from where the rapids start. (In the area where the Command Post is located).

Battalion 53 assumed command and established the incident as “Eagle Falls” Command.  Units have arrived on-scene and are currently searching for the missing swimmer.  Some units are downstream searching as well.

A chopper from Snohomish County, SNOHawk 10 was said to be deployed but were committed to another active incident.  King County Guardian 1 was in the process of deploying to the scene.

Around 1722 hours PDT, the incident was switched from an active search and rescue to a recovery mission.  The most likely lead Agency taking over is the Snohomish County Sheriff Office.


Eagle Falls is located on Washington State US 2, about four miles east of Index to the mile marker 39.

This area is in the uppermost part of the waterfall on the South Fork Skykomish River and downstream from the town of Baring.  It then drops about 25 feet in a high volume cascade.

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