Teen unhurt after night on Mount Pilchuck

VERLOT – A 17-year-old boy was found safe on Mount Pilchuck on Saturday after he was reported missing by his family the previous afternoon.

Snohomish County search and rescue workers found the boy on the south side of the mountain. He was not injured, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Rebecca Hover said.

On Friday, the boy was hiking on Mount Pilchuck with family members when he decided to head back down the mountain by himself. When his family returned to the trailhead, he was nowhere to be found.

The teen was wearing shorts, a T-shirt and boots, and he was carrying no hiking or camping gear. He would have been in more danger had the weather been bad, Hover said.

Bothell: Fire severely damages house

A house in unincorporated Bothell was severely damaged in a fire Saturday afternoon.

Firefighters arrived about 2:10 p.m. to find the house in the 17500 block of Valley Circle Drive in flames, Snohomish County Fire District 7 Lt. Dennis Egan said. The fire was out by 3 p.m., he said.

Nobody was in the home when the fire started, and nobody was injured, Egan said.

Investigators believe the fire was accidentally started in a garbage can outside the house, Egan said.

Firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District 1 and Fire District 26 also responded to the blaze. The Bothell Fire Department also assisted.

Mukilteo: Ferry chief fired in dock ramming

Washington State Ferries has fired the captain of the ferry Cathlamet, which ran into the Mukilteo dock on June 1, saying he exercised poor judgment.

Capt. Dan Tracy, 60, a 13-year veteran of the ferry system, is appealing his dismissal.

The accident caused $139,000 in damages to the ferry and $1 million to the Mukilteo terminal. There were two minor injuries: A galley worker was struck by a beverage cart, and a passenger suffered cuts and bruises when he fell down six stairs.

According to a report by the state ferry system, Tracy did not follow procedures in slowing the vessel as it was coming into the dock, he didn’t follow procedures in operating the vessel and he failed to call the chief mate to the pilothouse when he became ill and needed an emergency break.

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