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I am hurt and don't know where I am---but will you come help

Postby balzaccom » Mon May 06, 2013 12:24 pm

Yosemite National Park (CA)
Injured Hiker Extricated From Top Of Lower Yosemite Fall


On the afternoon of Saturday, April 27th, the park communication center received a transfer call from an injured hiker from the California Highway Patrol. Fernando Celis reported that he was at the base of a waterfall in between some boulders and that he was badly injured and couldn’t walk. Celis couldn’t identify his location, say how he’d become injured, or advise the location of the group he was with. Rangers were dispatched to the bases of Lower Yosemite, Bridalveil, Nevada and Cascade Falls to search for Celis and other rangers were placed on standby to search other park waterfalls if necessary. Rangers found Celis’ hiking group within about an hour and learned that they’d hiked the Upper Yosemite Fall Trail and that Celis had become separated from the group along the trail between the bottom of Upper Yosemite Fall and top of Lower Yosemite Fall. Hasty teams were sent up the Upper Yosemite Fall Trail and to Sunnyside Bench (on the opposite side of the river) to search for Celis. A helicopter was ordered as a search platform and for a possible hoist mission. California Highway Patrol helicopter H-20 from Auburn, California, arrived around 5 p.m. and began an air reconnaissance of the area. The crew spotted Celis on a ledge near the top of Lower Yosemite Fall after about an hour and successively inserted rangers Aaron Smith and David Pope by hoist to the ledge. The rangers packaged Celis in a KED and Stokes litter. He was hoisted from the ledge, transferred to a medical helicopter at Ahwahnee Meadow, and flown to Doctor's Medical Center in Modesto. H-20 then hoisted the rangers from the ledge. Yosemite Valley District Ranger Jack Hoeflich served as the incident commander.
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Re: I am hurt and don't know where I am---but will you come help

Postby Scouter9 » Mon May 06, 2013 3:10 pm

Job well done.
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Re: I am hurt and don't know where I am---but will you come help

Postby austex » Mon May 06, 2013 3:15 pm

Hats off to SAR! *Help I've fallen and I can't get up* That's the norm and the truth; God bless 'em both!! :soapbox:
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Re: I am hurt and don't know where I am---but will you come help

Postby sparky » Mon May 06, 2013 5:20 pm

I was in Yosemite a couple weeks ago and was spent most of the day on sunnyside bench. Got a good view of the way in and out of the bottom of the upper falls from the trail. It didn't look easy :confused:
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Re: I am hurt and don't know where I am---but will you come help

Postby gdurkee » Sat May 11, 2013 8:50 am

Interesting. I hadn't heard that one. If his phone was GPS capable, he could either have sent a Google Map location or gone through two (beta) servers that capture the GPS coordinates and display on a map the SAR team can checked. That technique has been successfully used in the UK and a team in Virginia has set one up, though it's still in the testing phase.

With cell phones everywhere, this is becoming an increasing problem that responders have to figure out a more organized and tech-oriented workflow.

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Re: I am hurt and don't know where I am---but will you come help

Postby ndwoods » Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:06 pm

Hm. I have had similar stories working at 911...but I don't work for a park and we have no topo maps. Reading this made me realize I should get my center a set of topos cuz we have had cells we GPSed and still couldn't figure out where they were really except somewhere in "the green section" of the map.
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Re: I am hurt and don't know where I am---but will you come help

Postby rlown » Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:18 pm

i'm surprised that a 911 center doesn't have a system with online maps to snap to a gps coordinate. heck, even i do. I think that's how they found the Boston bombers in the stolen car with the cell, and tower triangulation.
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