Hikers died on Memorial Day after falling about 500 feet from the summit ridge of Sequoia National Park, California, officials said Tuesday.
According to the National Park Service, a 56-year-old San Jose man was with two others when he lost his balance.
One of them, a 45-year-old woman living in Milpitas, California, also fell after trying to catch a man, officials said. She survived a 30-foot fall, officials said.
The third person in the group declared an emergency using a satellite beacon before calling 119 on their cell phone, the NPS announced. statement..
The Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park helicopter, with other rescue teams in attendance, said it was responding to unconscious hikers when it received 911. The crew rescued the injured woman from the shelves and took her to Northern Inyo Hospital in Bishop, California.
According to the NPS, she was then taken to a hospital in Reno, Nevada, where she underwent surgery. On Wednesday, the extent of her injury and her condition were unknown.
Prior to rescue operations, authorities confirmed that the man had collapsed and died. According to the NPS, the hiker’s body was recovered by rescue teams from the Russell Mountains area on Tuesday and taken to the funeral hall.
The identity of the hiker has not been disclosed by the authorities.