San Jose man dies in fall while hiking Sequoia National Park – NBC’s Bay Area
A 56-year-old man from San Jose has died after falling about 500 feet while hiking in Sequoia National Park on Remembrance Day, according to the National Park Service.
The man, whose name was not immediately available, was with two other people when the fall occurred on Monday atop the Mount Russell ridge on the eastern edge of the national park.
One of his hiking partners, a 45-year-old Milpitas woman, caught him as he lost his balance and also fell, but was able to stop about 30 feet deep. The third hiker in the group then used a satellite emergency locator beacon and called 911, according to the park service.
When the call came in, the rescue helicopter associated with Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks was already responding to rescue an unconscious hiker elsewhere, so a helicopter crew from Yosemite National Park intervened and rescued the injured woman. from the ledge. She was eventually taken to a hospital in Reno, Nevada, for surgery, park officials said.
The helicopter crew was also able to confirm that the 56-year-old man died in a fall, and a park team was able to retrieve his body on Tuesday and have it transferred to a funeral home.