Search & Rescue News: Rescue from Leaning Tower
July 24, 2013
On June 25, search and rescue crews began climbing the Leaning Tower to reach an injured solo climber who called for assistance via cell phone. Reaching the victim in under two hours, they determined he would need to be lowered from the cliff face, since he was unable to climb up or rappel down. Rangers were flown by helicopter to the top of the cliff, and lowered another ranger to the victim. The victim and ranger were then lowered all the way to the ground, where he was then transported to a hospital.
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Did You Know?
Natural fires in Yosemite are often no more than a single burning snag (standing dead tree) or a slow moving, low intensity fire that cleans underbrush from the forest floor. These fires prevent unwanted fires by removing accumulating forest debris that can fuel a larger fire in hot, dry conditions.