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Three Rescues In Mather District In Six Days

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July 10, 2009 01:53AM
Yosemite National Park (CA)
Three Rescues In Mather District In Six Days

Rangers and rescuers in the park’s Mather District were involved in three significant rescue operations during the first week of July:
  • July 1 – Dispatch received a cell phone call reporting that a climber had fallen on the standard Southwest Face route on Cathedral Peak. The climber, a 29-year-old woman, sustained multiple traumatic injuries and was in and out of consciousness. She’d fallen 30 to 40 feet to a large ledge while attempting a 5.7 bypass of the chimney section that most routes funnel into. Her partner was about 90 feet below. A rescue mission was immediately launched by a helitack crew in the park’s contract helicopter. Hasty and climbing teams also headed toward the scene of the accident. Aerial recon confirmed that another climber was with the woman on a large fourth class ledge three pitches from the base of the peak. A park medic was inserted onto the ledge via short haul with a litter and medical and packaging gear. The climber was packaged and short hauled off the ledge with the medic to the catch team in Tuolumne Meadows. The patient was then put inside the helicopter, flown to Crane Flat helibase, and immediately transferred to a PMI medical helicopter with flight nurses. The elapsed time from the launching of the park helicopter to the transfer of the woman to the PMI helicopter was an astounding 40 minutes. A second technical operation was conducted by the Tuolumne Meadows SAR team to help lower the patient’s partner and the climbers who assisted her. Ranger Scott Jacobs was the IC.
  • July 4 – Park dispatch received a 911 call concerning an injured hiker at the 12,500-foot elevation of Mount Dana. She reportedly suffered a ground level fall while hiking through talus; she suffered a contusion to her head and was complaining of headache, nausea and dizziness. Yosemite’s contract helicopter and helitack crew picked up two rescuers from Yosemite Valley and flew to the scene. The pilot was able to land the helicopter about a third of a mile from the injured hiker. A park medic determined that she could walk to the helicopter. She was flown to Tuolumne Meadows and transferred to an ambulance, then transferred again to Mono County paramedics and taken to the Mammoth Lakes Hospital. Ranger Jason Ramsdell was the IC.
  • July 6 – Dispatch received a phone call from Vogelsang High Sierra Camp regarding a 52-year-old hiker who slid approximately 50 feet down a steep snow field into talus on the face of Vogelsang Peak, suffering traumatic injuries to a shoulder, hand, and foot. Yosemite’s contract helicopter, helitack crew and park medic Jack Hoeflich flew to Tuolumne Meadows to pick up a second medic, Jason Ramsdell, then assess the scene. The hiker was lying at 11,000 feet between two steep snow fields. The rescue team and IC agreed the safest and fastest rescue would be via short haul. The two park medics were short hauled to the man’s location on a 250 foot line. The medics provided medical care and packaged him for short haul extraction. They were flown to a catch team at Vogelsang High Sierra Camp, where the man was placed inside the helicopter. The helicopter then flew to the Crane Flat helibase, placed in an ambulance, and taken to Yosemite Medical Clinic. Ranger Scott Jacobs was the IC.
avatar Re: Three Rescues In Mather District In Six Days
July 10, 2009 11:54AM
I wondered how the woman that fell off Cathedral peak was doing. I was hiking through Sunrise Meadow/Cathedral Lake at the time of the rescue and saw SARS Helos hauling her away, and I also ran into a couple of rangers with rescue equipment as I neared Tuolomne. I heard the next day that her hiking buddies did not want to leave, they wanted to continue climbing. Some friends....Haven't heard any other news on her, though. Hope she is okay.
avatar Re: Three Rescues In Mather District In Six Days
July 10, 2009 08:42PM
".....her hiking buddies did not want to leave." How sad. *Sigh*
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