Man sustains fatal injury while hiking in Olympic National Park

October 16, 2010
Barb Maynes   360-565-3005

Sixty-three year old Robert H. Boardman of Port Angeles died this afternoon after sustaining injuries while hiking near Olympic National Park’s Klahhane Ridge today.

The incident remains under investigation.  Early investigations indicate that Boardman’s injuries were sustained after an encounter with a mountain goat.  Park staff were on scene shortly after the initial report and provided emergency medical assistance.  Boardman was transported by U.S. Coast Guard helicopter to Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles, where he was pronounced dead.

"I am deeply saddened by this tragedy," said Karen Gustin, Olympic National Park Superintendent.  "My thoughts are with his family and friends."

Rangers responding to the incident were able to locate the goat, confirm its identity and kill it.  The goat will be transported to a veterinary pathologist for full analysis.

Klahhane Ridge is located near Hurricane Ridge within Olympic National Park, about 17 miles south of Port Angeles.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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