Around noon on Wednesday, May 28th, a backpacker fell into the Middle Cascade of Yosemite Falls. The 22-year-old man from Union City, CA fell into the water while reaching for his sunglasses. He was swept several hundred feet through the 675-foot-high Middle Cascade into an eddy in a pool of water, where he was able to climb onto a large boulder in the middle of the cascade.
The park’s contract helicopter was sent to “short haul” the man out. That’s right…hovering yards from the updrafts of the fall. Not easy. The helicopter landed Ranger Ed Visnovske to the man’s location. He was slightly hypothermic.
Both were then short hauled to Yosemite Valley, where the man declined medical treatment. Kudos to the YOSAR team and the Incident Coordinator, Yosemite Valley District Ranger Jack Hoeflich, for this rescue.
Here is a video of the rescue.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I just want to celebrate, yeah, yeah
Another day of living, I just want to celebrate another day of life.” – Rare Earth
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