The woman caught the man falling but was dragged down in a rescue attempt.
The incident occurred on Monday, May 31, when a three-person hiking group was making their way along the summit ridge of Mount Russell in Sequoia National Park, California, and a 56-year-old man from San Jose, California, suddenly lost his balance. have lost. While he was walking, the National Park Service said Statement.
Another member of the group, a 45-year-old woman from Milpitas, California, tried to rescue the fallen man by grabbing him, but eventually dragged herself down.
The man fell about 500 feet from the top of the mountain, while the woman fell about 30 feet before self-arresting and was able to save her life, although she was badly injured.
The third member of the hiking group immediately used a satellite device locator beacon to declare an emergency and managed to call emergency services from his cell phone to report the accident.
Fortunately, a helicopter crew was relatively close to an unconscious pedestrian and was able to react quickly in an emergency.
“At the time the call was received, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks’ Helicopter 552 and other rescue teams were already engaged in rescuing an unconscious hiker from the Big Five Lakes area, so search and rescue teams and helicopters from Yosemite National Park 551 Mount Russell responded to the emergency,” the National Park Service said in a Press release. The Yosemite technical short-haul team rescued the injured woman from the brink and was taken to Bishop, where she was admitted to Northern Inyo Hospital. Later, she was airlifted to a hospital in Reno, NV, where she underwent surgery.
Officials said the Yosemite team was able to confirm that the man had died from a fall before the body was recovered. Now he has been shifted to the funeral home.
In total, the National Park Service said eight separate search and rescue incidents occurred over Memorial Day weekend and urged people to remain vigilant and take extra precautions in what is expected to be an extraordinarily busy summer.
“Visits into frontier country and wilderness alike are urged to prepare carefully for and fully understand what emergency situations you may need to be self-sufficient,” the National Park Service said. “There is no guarantee that rescuers will be able to reach you quickly. Understand your own limits, take care of your party men and always be ready to back down.
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