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Video: Helicopter rescue of fallen hiker at Yosemite Falls

Date: 2014-06-07
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Hiker Slips and Falls into the Middle Cascades of Yosemite Falls

Video: A ranger retrieves a person stranded on a boulder in the rapids below Upper Yosemite Fall.

On May 28, 2014, at approximately 11:45 am, the Yosemite Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call from an individual in a party of four backpackers stating that one of the members of the party had fallen into the creek at the base of Upper Yosemite Fall.  When the hiker slipped and fell into the creek, the swift water of the creek flushed him through more than 100 feet of whitewater before he was able to pull himself onto a boulder in the middle of the gorge.  Had the subject been unable to self-rescue by getting onto the rock, he would have taken fatal plunge over the lower waterfall.

Once Park rangers arrived on scene to assess the situation, a short-haul rescue was called for.  Park Helicopter 551 was called in to rescue the hiker from his position inside the gorge.  After flying to the site, the helicopter inserted a rescuer into the subject’s location, who put the victim into a harness and brought him up into the helicopter along with the attendant rescuer.  The patient was lifted out of the gorge and back to Ahwahnee Meadow, where he was transferred to an ambulance and treated for hypothermia.  The person had no injuries.

Click here or on image above to watch video at nps.gov web site

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- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (via National Park Service, 6/6/14)

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