BRINNON — A 45-year-old Allyn man was reported in stable condition at a Seattle hospital Saturday after he fell 20 feet from Murhut Falls on Friday.
The man, who was not identified, was reportedly hiking with family and friends when he fell from the falls, Brinnon Fire Chief Tim Manly said, adding that it took over four hours to rescue the injured man from the creek.
He suffered an open leg fracture with severe bleeding and was stabilized using advanced life support, Manly said.
As of Saturday afternoon, the man had gone through surgery and was stable at Harborview Medical Center, Manly said.
The falls are on Murhut Creek in the Duckabush River drainage south of Brinnon.
Brinnon Fire Department rescuers arrived at 1:32 p.m., after one of the man’s family members drove an hour away to find cell phone service to make the call, Manly said.
The firefighters met the family at the Murhut Falls Trailhead and were led down the trail to reach the man.
The rescue team built a rigging system to transport the man across the river and up to the trailhead, where he was place in an aid car until a helicopter arrived to airlift him to Harborview for treatment.
Jefferson County reporter Zach Jablonski can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 5, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.