Dramatic Video Shows CHP Helicopter Crew Rescue Rock Climber in Yosemite

The climber fell approximately 200 feet and suffered major injuries.

A dramatic video was released by the California Highway Patrol rescuing an injured rock climber on the south side of North Dome in Yosemite National Park. The climber fell approximately 200 feet and suffered major injuries.

Here is how CHP described the rescue:


On May 4, 2018, at approximately 1600 hours, Yosemite National Park requested California Highway Patrol (CHP) Helicopter-40 (H-40) for a rescue of a fall victim on the south side of North Dome. The 47 year old male climber from Bozeman, Montana, fell approximately 200 feet down a steep slope while free climbing and suffered major injuries.

H-40 responded with a three-person crew. Upon arrival, the crew conducted a recon of the rescue site and located the victim at the 6,500 ft. elevation of North Dome. H-40 landed in Ahwahnee Meadow to rendezvous with Yosemite Search and Rescue personnel and to reconfigure the aircraft.

H-40 began the rescue mission with Officer Rodda piloting, Sergeant Jeff Andriese as the hoist operator, and Flight Officer/Paramedic Mike Crain to be lowered down to the victim with Ranger Jack Hoeflich. After hoisting Ranger Hoeflich and Officer Crain into the rescue site, they assessed the victim and prepared him for a hoist rescue. H-40 returned to the site and successfully hoisted the victim from the location and transported him to Ahwahnee Meadow where a ground ambulance was staged. The victim was transported to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.

And here is the dramatic video of the rescue:

We can’t stress enough how important these helicopter rescues are to the outdoors enthusiasts in the area. Thank you to all the crews around the country for keeping us safe!

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