UPDATE: Firefighters rescue man from ravine on Puget Ridge

(Added – photo courtesy Ryan, via comments)

2:31 PM: Seattle Fire has a “rope rescue” callout in the 4700 block of 21st SW [map] right now. It’s described as “a male who fell down a ravine around 4 a.m. this morning, and needs assistance getting out.” SFD is working on a plan for that.

2:50 PM: SFD is using Rescue 1 for a “low-angle rescue.”

3:25 PM: The operation is wrapping up. We are hoping to find someone still at the scene so we can get an update on the rescued person’s status.

(Added – photo courtesy Seattle Fire Dept.)

3:43 PM: The last crews were leaving as we arrived so we just got details from SFD spokesperson Kristin Tinsley. She tells us the man, 30ish, fell ended up in the ravine while out for a walk. He managed to climb a tree. Neighbors heard him yelling for help this afternoon. Police responded and called in SFD, which pulled him 50 feet upslope in a basket. He was taken to Harborview in stable condition.

18 Replies to "UPDATE: Firefighters rescue man from ravine on Puget Ridge"

  • carolei August 20, 2019 (2:39 pm)

    Maybe that’s why there’s a helicopter over north delridge?

  • LJJ August 20, 2019 (2:44 pm)

    Is that what the helicopter is for? Saw the “Realtime 911” dispatches, but not sure what the unit code is for a helicopter. 

    • WSB August 20, 2019 (2:58 pm)

      Just a TV chopper, not part of the rescue.

  • Ryan August 20, 2019 (2:45 pm)

    Yup, 21st Ave SW is blocked off right now at 22nd Ave SW. 5 fire trucks, 2 ambulance, 4 police cars, helicopter

    • WSB August 20, 2019 (3:01 pm)

      Thank you for the photo.

  • Kking August 20, 2019 (2:45 pm)

    That would explain the helicopter over my house

    • WSB August 20, 2019 (2:57 pm)

      The helicopter isn’t part of the rescue fwiw, just TV.

  • gokargirl August 20, 2019 (3:08 pm)

    22nd is dead stopped no getting through up or down

    • WSB August 20, 2019 (3:15 pm)

      Thanks – that’s a difficult traffic area in any circumstances, let alone with a dozen-plus-unit SFD dispatch. Since we are helicopterless, we’re trying to figure out how to get there on the ground.

      • Ali August 20, 2019 (3:21 pm)

        Come from 16th by the college and wrap around as far as they’ll let you. 

        • WSB August 20, 2019 (3:24 pm)

          Thanks! That was our guess so we’re rolling NB on 16th now.

  • Diane Fields August 20, 2019 (3:34 pm)

    Should have not been down there in the first place @4am.  My goodness. Hope the rescue goes well

    • momosmom August 20, 2019 (5:15 pm)

      Wow really Diane!?!

  • Graciano August 20, 2019 (3:40 pm)

    Holy smokes I hope this person is OK if “they’ve”  been down there since 4am? 

  • T August 20, 2019 (5:53 pm)

    Didn’t someone get rescued in a similar situation recently?

  • HS August 21, 2019 (9:21 am)

    Wow. I’m glad he was able to climb that tree to call for help, that someone heard him and that he was rescued successfully. Phew! 

  • Tyler August 22, 2019 (12:11 am)

    This was me. Thank you to all the EMT first responders everyone that helped save me yesterday.

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