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Short-Haul Evacuation Of Injured Fisherman

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avatar Short-Haul Evacuation Of Injured Fisherman
August 01, 2007 02:58PM
On the morning of July 26th, ranger Sam Flourney was contacted by members of a fishing party who reported that a 77-year-old member of their group had suffered a dramatically angulated leg fracture in a ground-level fall. Flourney and SAR technicians Chris Nanamura and Jen Imai headed to the man’s location, about 25 minutes east of the Little Yosemite Valley campground. Flourney advised incident command that a helicopter short-haul would be required to extricate the man, as he was in heavy timber on an inaccessible side of the Merced River. A medical team was flown into Little Yosemite Valley and dropped onto the site via heli-rappel. The injured man and medic Matt Stark were then short-hauled from the accident site and flown about five miles to the Ahwahnee Meadows helispot in Yosemite Valley proper.

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