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.

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