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Hiker, rescuer die in Washington state after disappearance

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Updated: 6/29 7:07 pm

PILCHUCK FALLS, Wash. (AP) — A search and rescue worker has died over the weekend, while trying to save another man who fell 100 feet at Pilchuck Falls in Washington state, authorities said Sunday.

Snohomish County authorities told KOMO-TV that in addition to the rescuer, the hiker also died Saturday night. A friend who got in trouble himself while trying to rescue the 25-year-old was rescued.

The accident happened when the two men were separated from their hiking group and tried to make their way down to the falls near Lake Cavanaugh.

A Skagit County Search and Rescue team was training nearby and responded to their call for help. As the volunteer group tried to reach the two men, a 61-year-old volunteer fell and died.

Officials say their recovery efforts will continue on Sunday.

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