See a helicopter rescue two hikers who were wedged in a crevasse in Yosemite

Published 9:40 am PST, Monday, January 21, 2019

A video shows the dramatic helicopter rescue of two hikers who became trapped within a crevasse on the east side of North Dome in Yosemite National Park.

The two unnamed men in their mid-20s from England became lost when trying to descend into Yosemite Valley.

“Unable to continue down, due to a 2,000-foot vertical drop, and unable to go back the way they came, because of the steep, snow-covered ground, they called 911 from a cell phone,” read a statement from the California Highway Patrol Air Operations based in Fresno.

The park’s emergency communications center received the call at 6 p.m., and a team of rangers and search-and-rescue personnel attempted to reach them, “but were unable to make contact due to darkness, rain, sleet, and fog, and the technical terrain.”

The next morning’s attempt was successful with the help of a CHP helicopter and rescue team members who raised the hikers out of the crevasse to a safe, flat location before they were hoisted into the helicopter one at a time.

The hikers were transported to Ahwahnee Meadow and, while they were cold and wet, they didn’t suffer from any major injuries.

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