A 16-year-old Vader youth died when he fell off a steep, 60-foot embankment along the Cowlitz River near the Cowlitz-Lewis County Line late Friday night, authorities reported Monday.
Tristan Allen Vandel was declared dead at the scene and died from blunt force head and neck trauma, according to the Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office. The death was listed as an accident.
Counselors and the Cowlitz County sheriff’s chaplain offered grief counseling Monday at Castle Rock High School, where Tristan was a student, Coroner Tim Davidson said.
Tristan was camping in the area with some friends when he slipped off the embankment at about 10:30 p.m.