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Hiker who died fell, suffered blunt force trauma

August 8, 2018

LEAVENWORTH, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a hiker whose body was flown by helicopter out of the Buck Mountain area, north of Lake Wenatchee died after an accidental fall.

Chelan County Coroner Wayne Harris says 43-year-old James Rothwell of Seattle died Saturday as a result of blunt force trauma to his head and body.

Harris says Rothwell was wearing a helmet but the force from the fall was too much for it to absorb and he had severe trauma to his brain.

Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett says they received a report of an emergency beacon Saturday and sent a rescue team that located three hikers at about 6,750 feet (2,057 meters) in elevation. He says one of them was lying down, wrapped in an emergency blanket.

A Navy crew arrived early Sunday and hoisted Rothwell’s body.

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