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.”
Photo: California Highway Patrol
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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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