[8/30/19] Visiting Hiker Dies

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A hiker from Germany died after he was hit by a falling tree on the Pacific Crest Trail. The Skamania County Sheriff’s office said yesterday it received a cell phone call Tuesday afternoon from a group of hikers on the PCT, northwest of Trout Lake, Washington. The group said one member was injured.

While a search and rescue team was enroute, they received another call saying the patient’s condition was deteriorating. They reached the hiker, identified as 28-year-old Finn Bastian of Preetz, Germany. He was taken to the trailhead and given CPR but he couldn’t be revived and died. His hiking partners said they had reached a wooden bridge and while crossing, the tree fell, striking Bastian. Officials said the tree was rotted at the base.