Shoreline man dies in rock fall near Index

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Andy Shehata
Photo courtesy The Hawkeye
The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed the identification of the 21-year-old man who was hiking near Heybrook Lookout off Hwy 2 near Index on Friday, May 19, 2017.

Andrew E. Shehata of Shoreline was climbing with three friends, when he and one of them went off trail and tried to traverse a rock face. The friend got across, but Shehata didn't.

According to one report, he fell into a void and a loose boulder fell on him. His friends called 911 but when Snohomish County Fire District 26 arrived, it was clear that it was a recovery mission, rather than a rescue.

Fire District 26 Assistant Chief Ernie Walters said his agency retrieved Shehata’s body. He said it is not known what exactly caused the rocks to move, but the boulders on that hillside are usually loose.
Walters said that "Emergency responders from fire districts 26, 28 and 7, including some crews from Lake Stevens and Everett, used ropes and other technical equipment to secure boulders in the area, and then removed the ones covering Shehata."

The medical examiner said that the cause of death was blunt force injuries of the head.

Shehata is a 2014 graduate of Mountlake Terrace High School.

The funeral services will be held at 12:00pm on Saturday, May 27 at Saint Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in Lynnwood. The burial will be at 2:00pm at Holyrood Catholic Cemetery, 205 NE 205th St, Shoreline.


Unknown June 21, 2017 at 8:23 AM  

Signs should be posted around the area, as well as a fence. This isn't the first time something like this has happened. We need to make a change. Please put signs up we don't need another person gone too soon.

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