The 911 calls from Saturday’s deadly cougar attack near North Bend, Washington paint a picture of both confusion and compassion.
The attack happened about ten miles north of the city, on a logging road, in a heavily wooded area. Issac Sederbaum, cut up and bleeding from the attack, was speeding south on his mountain bike searching for cell service.
The first call came in at 10:54 a.m. and immediately went dead. Five minutes later, another call asking whether responders could hear him, he then says help. The line goes dead again, but they got approximate GPS coordinates from his phone. The King County Sheriff’s Office immediately calls him back, gets him on the phone and transfers the call to 911 dispatchers.
The initial information was vague. Sederbaum, riding for his life, away from the cougar that had just attacked him, and his friend S.J. Brooks, hoping to get Brooks help immediately. He had just made it to a main road and flagged down a passing car. The female passenger tries to help guide in emergency responders.
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