A California man falls 500 feet in Sequoia National Park and a woman is injured in the same accident

Visalia, CA – Memorial Day hike ends in tragedy Plunged 500 feet to his death Officials announced on Tuesday that a woman was seriously injured in Sequoia National Park.

According to the Rangers, the fatal accident occurred at the top of Mount Russell near the eastern border of the park. The victim was identified as a 56-year-old man in California.

A 46-year-old woman in California, a male hiking partner, tried to grab him out of balance. The two tumbled down the edge of the mountain. However, the woman managed to fall 30 feet above the summit.

A third member of the hiking corps declared a state of emergency using the emergency locator beacon, Ranger said. He also called 911 from his cell phone.

According to a news release, at the time of the accident, two rescue teams were already rescuing another unconscious hiker from the Big Five Lakes area.

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A helicopter in Yosemite National Park was sent to save the hiker. Yosemite’s team rescued a woman stuck on a ledge and took her to Northern Inyo Hospital. She was then airlifted to a hospital in Reno, Nevada, where she underwent surgery, Rangers said.

The Rangers confirmed that the man had died in the fall. According to park officials, his body was recovered by a team of rangers and taken to the funeral hall.

According to park officials, the hiker’s death was the tragic apex of a series of rescue operations in the park over the holiday weekend. The rescue team responded to eight individual search and rescue cases during the holiday weekend. did.

The Rangers provided the following advice to naturalists who returned to the park a year after spending most of their time indoors for the COVID-19 pandemic.

“During the expected unusually busy summers in the park, visitors to the former country and the wilderness are strongly urged to prepare carefully for their trip. In the event of an emergency. Rescuers will be available soon. There is no guarantee that you will be able to arrive at. Understand your limits, take care of the party members, and be ready to turn back at any time. “

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This article was originally published in Visalia Times-Delta. Sequoia National Park Hiking Accident: California Man Dead

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