Credit: Kitsap County Sheriff's Office
SILVERDALE, Wash. — A Seabeck man is dead, after a hiking trip with friends ends in tragedy. The Kitsap County Coroner's Office has identified 18-year old Lucas Earl Weaver as the victim. The sheriff’s office reports Weaver was killed after being swept down the raging waters of Big Beef Creek. Witnesses told investigators the victim slipped on rocks while attempting to cross the creek. Weaver’s friends attempted to save him by grabbing ahold of his backpack, which then slipped off, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.
Big Beef Creek is bursting with deep storm water from the lake and from smaller draining streams. Lucas was swept downstream to a waterfall where he became trapped. Despite his friend’s best efforts to help keep him above water, the fishing waders that Lucas was wearing quickly filled acting like an anchor that pulled him under. The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office said. Rescuers attempting to get to him were hampered by steep muddy terrain and poor cell phone service. The victim’s body was found in the water 45 minutes following the initial emergency call.