Injured Mount Si hiker rescued

A soggy Sunday caused complications for rescuers trying to save a man with a severe back injury on Mount Si.

MOUNT SI, Wash. -- An injured hiker was rescued from Mount Si Sunday and taken to Harborview Medical Center.

Search and Rescue volunteers were called to the mountain after the hiker suffered a severe back injury or broken back in a fall.

The King County Sheriff's Office said the 41-year-old man was at the top of the mountain near Haystack Point. They had a helicopter on standby, but could not fly due to weather. 

Fellow hikers said the man was with a Meet Up group, training to hike Mount Rainier in July.

"There was a small rock that he put his foot on and then he slipped," one woman named Srivalli said. "I was two people behind him. What we saw is his legs flew up and he slipped."

More than 40 rescuers hiked in to help carry the man out. 

"Mt. Si and Rattlesnake are the two most popular trails in Washington state," said Alan Labissoniere with King County Search & Rescue. "A lot of people come out here and hike so this is very common for us to be out here on this trailhead during the summer two or three times a week. Be careful if you're up there. I can be very slick and dangerous."




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