Man reported injured at High Steel Bridge in Mason County

Rescue crews hoisted a man 420 feet onto the High Steel Bridge in Olympic National Forest in Mason County on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

The man, identified as Raymond Horton, 25, of Bremerton, sustained a leg injury after sliding down a steep embankment under the bridge, which is about 20 miles north of Shelton, authorities said. He was taken to Mason General Hospital.

Crews from Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Central Mason Fire and Mason County Fire Districts 4, 6 and 9, helped with the effort, which took about three hours.

The High Steel Bridge goes over the south fork of the Skokomish River and was built by the Simpson Logging Company in 1929; it is the highest bridge in the state, according to the Sheriff’s Office.