Lucas Earl Weaver, 18, of Seabeck, died after slipping on rocks and falling into storm-swollen Big Beef Creek near Silverdale, Kitsap County officials said.
An 18-year-old Seabeck hiker died Monday afternoon after falling into the roiling Big Beef Creek while trekking with three friends, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.
Lucas Earl Weaver apparently slipped on partially submerged rocks while trying to cross the creek about 1 1/2 miles downstream from the spillway that empties water out of Lake William Symington. The lake is about 5 miles southwest of Silverdale, close to the small community of Seabeck on the Hood Canal.
Weaver’s friends tried to rescue him by grabbing his backpack, which slipped off the young man, officials said. Deep stormwater from the lake and smaller streams created a torrent, which swept Weaver downstream toward a waterfall, where he became trapped, officials said.
A sheriff’s detective already was in the area at about noon, when the accident was reported, and was at the spillway within minutes of the initial dispatch, officials said. Difficulties with mobile-phone reception, steep and muddy terrain and confusion over location hampered response efforts, officials added.
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Weaver’s body was found about 45 minutes after the first call and recovered by fire crews at about 2:15 p.m.
The recovery was led by Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue Department, with assistance from the Bainbridge Island Fire Department, the Navy Region Northwest Fire and Emergency Services and Mason County Fire District 2.
An autopsy is planned to determine the cause of death, officials said. An investigation into the accident is continuing.