Man falls and dies while hiking in Sequoia National Park


The body of a San Jose man was recovered Tuesday after it fell near the eastern edge of Sequoia National Park on Monday, the National Park Service said.

The 56-year-old fell about 500 feet from the summit ridge of Mount Russell during a three-person group hike, according to the release from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

A 45-year-old woman from Milipitas grabbed the man as he lost his balance and also fell, but was able to stop about 30 feet deep.

The third member of the group used a satellite emergency locator beacon to declare an emergency and call 911.

The Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks helicopter and other rescuers were already in the area to respond to an unconscious Big Five Lakes hiker. The search and rescue team and a helicopter from Yosemite National Park responded to the Mount Russell emergency.

Yosemite’s Short-Haul Tech Team rescued the injured woman from the ledge and took her to Bishop Hospital. She was then flown to a hospital in Reno for surgery.

Prior to the rescue, the Yosemite team confirmed that the man died in the fall.

The National Park Service said it responded to eight separate search and rescue incidents over the three-day Memorial Day weekend.

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