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Recent TRSAR Missions - Salome

Salome Canyon Mission
6-4-2011

Photos by Jim McMillion

 

On June 25th the Department of Public Safety Ranger helicopter was busy on another search and rescue.

TRSAR was put on standby in the event the helicopter could not get the man out. Luckily, volunteers did not have to make the grueling trip into the canyon.

A 56-year-old man had fallen 30 feet and had been knocked unconscious in a remote part of the Sierra Ancha Mountains while canyoneering with friends.

The man was reportedly climbing down near a waterfall in Salome Canyon when he slipped and fell, hitting his head. The man was knocked unconscious and friends had to pull him from a pool of water, said Bill Pitterle, TRSAR commander.

The canyon, north of Roosevelt Lake, is a popular place for hikers to practice technical canyoneering, where ropes and climbing equipment are used to rappel down waterfalls and over cliffs.

When the man came to, his friends helped carry him through several pools to the mouth of the canyon where a helicopter could airlift him out to the trailhead.

 

The two vertical pictures are interesting in that when you take a closer look you'll notice that the victim
in the stretcher is being supported/stabilized by a paramedic.

 

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