Wet rocks make treacherous footing in Sierra
August 7, 2012
Rocks wet from Saturday’s rain storms resulted in two injuries that required responses from the Mono County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue Team.
Rescuers helped an injured 58-year-old woman who was hiking on a rock slope above 11,000 feet near Hilton Lakes on Sunday. The off-duty nurse slipped and fell down, sustaining an ankle injury.
Unable to descend down the terrain, her friend made camp for her and then hiked to Rock Creek Pack Station to call 911 for help.
Sixteen rescuers staged at the pack station and determined they could carry the woman out safely. She was taken to the pack station, where her friend drove her to Mammoth Hospital for treatment.
Another 58-year-old woman injured her ankle while hiking near Donohue Pass on Saturday. She and her hiking partner camped out overnight on the southeast side of the pass. After determining that her injuries would prevent her from hiking out, her friend hiked to a location where there was cell phone reception and called for help.
Mono County received the call through Kings Canyon National Park. Yosemite National Park was contacted and their helicopter was able to locate the victim and evacuate her to a medical facility in the park.
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A rescue call on Friday aided an 11-year-old girl who had twisted her ankle and injured her knee while walking on the Sherwin Lakes trail. Her father called 911 and sought help getting his daughter. Mono County Search & Rescue responded and a team was able to find the family on the trail and evacuate her. She was taken to Mammoth Hospital for further treatment.
Mono County deputies received a report of a missing 11-year-old from Mountain View, Calif. The girl’s mother called after she didn’t hear from her. She was supposed to be camping with family friends, but never checked in with her mom that she was safe.
On Saturday afternoon, deputies found the vehicle the girl was supposed to be in at the Walker General Store. The owner said the girl was safe at the Leavitt Meadows campground. Deputies found the girl safe. She said she didn’t have a chance to call her mom due to poor cell phone reception at the campground.