Woman with altitude sickness rescued from Shamrock Lake
August 4, 2015
A hiker suffering altitude sickness was transported from Shamrock Lake north of the western entrance to Yosemite National Park on Monday afternoon.
The 52-year-old Ventura, Calif., woman and her family hiked to the location, which is above 10,000 feet in altitude, when she began experiencing severe altitude sickness symptoms.
The altitude sickness prevented her from hiking out of the Shamrock Lake area. Family members hiked out and called 911 along Highway 120 when they obtained cell phone service.
The Mono County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team was dispatched to aid the hiker. Seven team members staged at the Saddlebag Lake Resort. The ground team, along with Mono County Paramedics, was transported across Saddlebag Lake via water taxi. The ground team was then able to continue the hike up to Shamrock Lake where they met the ill hiker at her campsite. The ill hiker was transported via wheeled litter back to the Saddlebag Lake Resort where she was met by Mono County Paramedics for evaluation and then transported to Mammoth Hospital for treatment, according to Mono County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jennifer Hansen.
"The Mono County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team thanks the staff of the Saddlebag Lake Resort for their assistance in this operation," she said.