Hiker on Pacific Crest Trail dies after being hit by tree


28-year-old Finn Bastian of Preetz, Germany died despite life-saving efforts


A forested trail. (KOIN)

STEVENSON, Wash. (AP) – A hiker from Germany died after he was hit by a falling tree on the Pacific Crest Trail.

The Skamania County Sheriff’s office said Thursday it received a cell phone call at about 4 p.m. Tuesday from a group of hikers on the PCT, northwest of Trout Lake, Washington.

The group said one member was injured.

While a search and rescue team was enroute, they received another call saying the patient’s condition was deteriorating.

They reached the hiker, identified as 28-year-old Finn Bastian of Preetz, Germany. He was taken to the trailhead and given CPR but he couldn’t be revived and died.

His hiking partners said they had reached a wooden bridge and while crossing, the tree fell, striking Bastian.

Officials said the tree was rotted at the base.

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