Sheriff: Busiest year ever for volunteer search, rescue team

GRANITE FALLS, Wash. (AP) — Snohomish County search and rescue crews came to the aid of two hikers over the weekend in what the county sheriff’s office says has been the busiest year ever recorded for the volunteer search and rescue team. The Daily Herald reports by the end of Labor Day weekend the search and rescue team had been called to nearly 330 missions. Sheriff’s office spokesperson Courtney O’Keefe says in previous years that number has been from 200 to 280. She says the sheriff’s office believes it’s a result of both good weather and due to COVID-19 folks are likely looking outdoors for summer activities.