April 19th, 2014
Reports from the Mason County Sherriffs Department are confirming that a 12 year old Boy Scout was killed by a tree while hiking in the Olympic National Forest’s Lena Lake area. The tree struck the boy in the head, killing him before search and rescue could arrive. The child was hiking with his Boy Scout group and his father, a doctor, who was able to call for help.
While initial reports said a tree had fallen on the child, KOMO news in Seattle reports that Joe Nole, with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Occice said “The boys were actually trying to roll the tree into the lake. It hooked on one of the boy’s jackets and then rolled over him.”
The Lena Lake Trail is one of the more popular trails along the Olympic Peninsula’s Hood Canal region, offering views of high alpine lakes and serves as a jumping off point for backpacking trips to Upper Lena Lake and the Brother’s Basecamp.
More information on the Lower Lena Lake Trail: http://bit.ly/L9X4wX
We encourage everyone to take a moment of silence for this boy, his family and the community. We also wish to remind everyone that with any activity, from driving a car to hiking on a family-friendly trail will always come with some level of risk. Our hearts are with the family and friends of this boy and we send out love and compassion to those impacted by this loss.
We will keep you posted on any further developments on this story.