By Ralph Schwartz
Cascadia Daily News 

Investigation underway in Birch Bay Waterslides accident


Last updated 8/31/2023 at 1:24pm

Andrew Foster, Cascadia Daily News

The exterior of Birch Bay Waterslides in Blaine is shown on Saturday, Aug. 26, the day after the property announced unexpectedly closing for the season.

Whatcom County officials are investigating a man's injury at Birch Bay Waterslides that forced the park to close for the season on Aug. 25.

An adult male was injured on one of the park's main slides around 12:56 p.m. Friday, North Whatcom Fire and Rescue Chief Jason Van Der Veen said.

After completing the slide run, the man was able to "swing himself to the edge of the pool," Van Der Veen said. Lifeguards and an off-duty nurse treated him until emergency responders arrived. The man was initially transported to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, Van Der Veen said.

Officials would not confirm reports he was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle nor provide the patient's name and injury status.

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