‘You’re not going to die’: 911 transcripts from cougar attempt uncover panic and anguish
Recordings of emergency bawls in Washington state detail efforts to locate mountain bikers stalked by cougar
Recordings of emergency calls after a lethal cougar criticize in Washington state last weekend item how dispatchers struggled to figure out exactly where the enduring scapegoat was – and how worried he was about his friend who had been taken by the animal.
Isaac Sederbaum was mountain biking with SJ Brooks on logging streets near North Bend, in the Cascade Mountain foothills east of Seattle, on Saturday when they encountered the panther following them.
Authorities said they responded appropriately by trying to scare away the cougar and even smacking it with a motorcycle, motivating it to leave. But as they stood to catch their breath, it returned, biting Sederbaum on the president and shaking him violently before growing its attention to Brooks, who had tried to run away.
Badly blooded, Sederbaum got on his motorcycle and ride to where he could get a phone signal. Recordings released by the King County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday and by a regional emergency assistance called NORCOM on Tuesday show that the first various sees failed. In one of them, Sederbaum manages to say,” Can you hear me ?” and “Help!”
The King County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher calls him back.
” Hi, this is 911. We got a hang-up call. Everything OK ?” she asks.
“No,” he replies in a panicked atmosphere.” I got attacked by a mountain lion, my friend did too. I don’t know where I am. I’m trying to come right down the mountain .”
” What mountain are you on ?”
” I don’t know ,” he announces.” I was on the logging streets …”
” Listen to me ,” she responds.” Listen, listen. I need you to hang up and announce 911 so we can get location on you .”
When he calls back, he offers a little more information- that he’s north of North Bend- and as dispatchers try to figure out where he is with a GPS signal, he tells them he witnesses a car, then pennant it down.” Can you talk to 911 ?” he asks the status of women in the car.” I got attacked by a mountain lion. My sidekick is up there .”
As the woman looks at a delineate and tries to tell the dispatcher how to be realized, Sederbaum roars in the background.” You’re not going to die ,” she tells him.
Sederbaum’s voice infringes as he tells another dispatcher,” I’m so worried about my friend .”
” Everything hurts ,” he says.
” I know ,” she tells him.” But you’re doing a really great occupation standing tranquilize there .”
Another vehicle arrives- a truck with a mortal who recognizes himself as Matt- and he presents more detail about the locating and Sederbaum’s condition.
” He’s really scared, he wants to get out of the mountains ,” he pronounces.” He does have some bad injuries, particularly on his right ear .”
The first representative arrived at 11:19 am, a little more than half an hour after the first announcement. It took responders another hour before they discovered Brooks’ motorcycle and then body.
The cougar was standing on the body and fled when an officer fired a shot. Hours afterward, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife agents applied puppies to track the puma to a nearby tree and killed it.
The animal was determined to be underweight. A necropsy is expected to determine whether it was ill.
Sederbaum was exhausted from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Tuesday.
The attack on Brooks was the first fatal mountain lion strike in Washington state in 94 years.
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