CHP helicopter rescues two men in Sierra Nevada

The Fresno BeeMay 4, 2014 

Two men were rescued by California Highway Patrol helicopters in separate incidents in the Sierra Nevada Saturday afternoon.

A CHP helicopter was first dispatched after a 64-year-old man fell 30 feet down a rocky cliff near the Johnsondale Bridge, east of Porterville, around 1:30 p.m. Rescuers found the victim in a narrow canyon on the east side of Kern River.

The victim was hoisted out of the canyon by the CHP helicopter before being flown to a nearby area where he was transferred to an emergency medical service helicopter. He was transported to Community Regional Medical Center with major injuries, CHP said.

Then around 5 p.m., a CHP helicopter was dispatched to help rescue a 30-year-old man from Arrowhead Spire in Yosemite National Park. When the helicopter arrived, Yosemite Search and Rescue paramedics and technicians were still climbing the spire to reach the victim, who was at the 5,800-foot level.

Once the rescuers reached the victim, the helicopter hoisted him to a nearby meadow where he was transferred to a waiting ambulance with moderate injuries, CHP said.

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