11-year-old girl dies, mother injured in accident at Big Four ice caves

  • Sat Jul 31st, 2010 8:29pm
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Herald staff and the Associated Press

VERLOT — The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department says an 11-year-old girl has died and her mother is injured after an accident at the Big Four ice caves in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Jeff Brand says the two women were near the opening of one of the caves but not inside the cave Saturday when they were struck by ice. The girl suffered head injuries, while her mother had leg injuries.

Brand said his department received a 911 call around 2:30 p.m. and dispatched aid units.

He said the surviving woman did not appear to have life-threatening injuries.

He says the ice caves are a very popular year-round attraction, but when the ice warms up during summer months it can be dangerous to hike in and around them.