A 14-year-old Fontana, California boy was injured in Yosemite last Thursday, June 19th. He was going towards the middle cascade by climbing over boulders near the base of the Lower Fall.
He slipped on the wet surface and fell 20 feet down the side of a boulder. As he tumbled, he fell into a depression “rock cave.”
When YOSAR arrived the boy was unconscious. He had bad head trauma. He was lifted out by the park’s contract helicopter, 551, via short-haul. He was flown to the Ahwahnee Meadow where an air medical helicopter took him to a local hospital.
Yosemite Falls is 2,425 feet high and is the 5th tallest in the world. It has three cascades. The lower fall is very accessible to visitors. Many try to go up over rocks to get closer to the falls. It is very easy to get in trouble. There are no barriers to prevent access.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Don’t play with fire (or water).” – A wise old man
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