A 56-year-old man described as from San Jose, California, died on Memorial Day on Monday, May 31, hiking the summit of Mount Russell in the Sequoia National Park in California, located in the southern Sierra Nevadas, after falling about 500 feet. A 45-year-old woman tried to save him and fell 30 feet. She survived being severely injured ,was rescued from a ledge and was later transported by air to a hospital in Reno, Nevada, where she underwent surgery. “The Yosemite technical short-haul team rescued the injured woman from the ledge and transported her to Bishop, where she was admitted to the Northern Inyo Hospital. Later, she was transported by air to a hospital in Reno, NV, where she underwent surgery,” a statement said. A member of the hiking group used a satellite device locator and managed to call emergency services from his cell phone to report the accident. A helicopter crew was relatively nearby for another intervention.
Sequoia National Park is an American national park in the southern Sierra Nevada east of Visalia, California encompassing a vertical relief of nearly 13,000 feet (4,000 m). The park is notable for its giant sequoia trees, including the General Sherman tree, the largest tree on Earth by volum. The park contains more than 270 known caves, including Lilburn Cave which is California’s longest cave with nearly 17 miles (27 km) of surveyed passages.