Body of jumper recovered from mountain ledge

BARING – Rescuers recovered the body of a base jumper who apparently fell 1,000 feet off Mount Baring when his parachute failed to open.

A crew aboard a Snohomish County sheriff’s helicopter located the man’s body Tuesday morning on a ledge on the north face of the mountain at an elevation of about 4,400 feet, sheriff’s spokeswoman Jan Jorgensen said.

The body was placed into a gurney and flown to Skykomish Airport. It was later flown to Taylor’s Landing in Snohomish, Jorgensen said.

The accident happened about 8:25 p.m. Monday. The man was with three other jumpers. One successfully jumped from the face of the mountain. The Seattle man, the second to jump, apparently fell on a ledge when his parachute didn’t open, Jorgensen said. A third jumper spotted the man’s body on his jump down.

The two jumpers and a woman at Barclay Lake hiked out and called for help from Index. Search and rescue volunteers were unable to reach the man until Tuesday morning.

The county medical examiner has scheduled an autopsy for today.

Gold Bar: Woman hurt in motorcycle accident

A Monroe woman was in serious condition after a motorcycle crash about noon Tuesday on U.S. 2.

The woman, 53, was riding on the back of a Harley-Davidson when it crashed into the back of a 1993 Chevy Blazer stopped to make a right turn about five miles east of Gold Bar.

She was flown by helicopter to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The motorcycle driver was taken to Valley General Hospital in Monroe. The other driver, 21, was not injured.

Everett: Man hurt when stolen car strikes pole

An Everett man was in critical condition Tuesday after a stolen car he was in crashed into a utility pole during a police chase.

A Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy spotted a stolen red Chrysler LeBaron at 1:14 a.m. Tuesday at the AM/PM at Third Avenue SE and Everett Mall Way.

The driver, 16, failed to stop for police and sped off on eastbound SE Everett Mall Way, police said. The driver attempted to turn south on East Mall Drive when he lost control and struck a light pole across from Everett Mall.

The driver and two passengers were trapped inside when the car caught fire.

Everett police called to assist with the pursuit extinguished the blaze. Everett firefighters freed the trapped men with the jaws of life. The Everett man, 34, was flown by helicopter to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The driver and another passenger, 14, were treated for minor injuries at Providence Everett Medical Center.

Index: Rescuers search for drowning victim

A search and rescue helicopter crew flying over the Skykomish River on Tuesday morning was unable to locate the body a missing rafter.

The Snohomish County man, 18, likely drowned when he was thrown out of a raft Sunday near Canyon Falls, sheriff’s spokeswoman Jan Jorgensen said.

The teen and his younger brother were rafting in the river when the accident happened. The younger boy was able to swim to shore.

He saw the empty raft downstream after it went over the falls. A dive team searched the pool of the falls but was unable to locate the missing teen.

Lake Stevens: Man fleeing police is arrested

An Edmonds man was arrested Friday after he allegedly fled from police in a limousine and crashed into a car stopped at a light.

A Lake Stevens officer tried to stop the man in the 2600 block of Grade Road after he recognized the man was wanted on an outstanding warrant.

The suspect, 37, drove off and attempted to turn northbound on Highway 9 from Highway 92 when he lost control, hit a car and ended up in a ditch.

A 45-year-old woman was taken to Cascade Valley Hospital in Monroe with minor injuries. A passenger inside the limousine, who was a paying customer, was not injured.

The suspect was arrested for the warrant and for investigation of eluding police. Police also learned that the limousine had been taken without the owner’s permission.

Officers also allegedly found chemicals and paraphernalia commonly used to make methamphetamine inside the vehicle.

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