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Rescue team helps child stuck in ravine
ARLINGTON Rescue teams once again responded to a child stranded in a ravine in an Arlington neighborhood Sept. 16.
Arlington Police Officer Erik Moon was dispatched at approximately 8 a.m. to a residence in a neighborhood off of Crown Ridge Boulevard. Homeowners directed Moon to a wooded area behind their residence where he reportedly heard consecutive muffled yells for help.
Moon descended down a 45-degree embankment with a flashlight to search the area, while a second officer stayed back to make contact with the first arriving emergency response crews from the Arlington Fire Department. Once the patient was located, a call was made for additional aid from the North Snohomish County Technical Rescue Team, consisting of on-duty firefighters from the Marysville, Lake Stevens, Arlington and Getchell fire departments.
Marysville Fire District Battalion Chief Cal Droke assisted Arlington Fire Department Chief Jim Rankin at command, while Support 46 was called to assist emergency response crews with water and transportation.
Technical rescuers used a pulley system of ropes and lines to navigate the treacherous terrain, which consisted of a 300-foot embankment of debris and vegetation, as well as a creek at approximately another 100 feet. Emergency crews found the patient, a 12-year-old boy who was thought to have been playing back in the woods with a bow and arrow, to be alert and breathing, albeit with a leg injury, and he was brought to the awaiting aid car by backboard for transport Cascade Valley Hospital.
Moon suffered a knee injury and scratches during the search and rescue operation, and Support 46 company transported the officer to Cascade Valley Hospital as a precautionary measure.
Arlington Fire Department Deputy Chief Tom Cooper, who arrived on the scene after Rankin, estimates this to be the fourth or fifth rescue from this same ravine.
Weve had several incidents behind the homes behind the east end of the property, Cooper said. Its not so much a falling hazard as it is the fact that once you get down there, its almost impossible to get out on your own. Fortunately, we conduct a lot of our high-angle rescue practices right in that area, so were very familiar with it.