Rescue underway for girls stuck on Washington state hillside

ORTING, Wash. (AP) — A rescue operation is underway for two girls stuck on a steep hillside above a river in Washington state.

Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer says the 15-year-old girls waded across the fast-moving Carbon River south of Seattle on Thursday. The girls then climbed up what Troyer described as a gigantic, steep embankment and were unable to get back down, getting trapped in some trees.

Troyer says rescue crews can’t come down the slope from the top so a swift water rescue team and other emergency personnel were crossing the river and climbing up to them.

He said 10 people were actively working on the rescue with a backup team on standby and people staged below in case someone should fall in the river.

No other details were immediately available.


This story has been corrected to show both girls are 15, and that they are stuck above the Carbon River, not the Puyallup River.