Mono sheriff's team, CHP helicopter crew team to rescue climbers off Mt. Ritter

The Mono County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team and a California Highway Patrol helicopter crew rescued two climbers Saturday from Mt. Ritter.

A father and his son were descending Mt. Ritter, in far eastern Madera County 13 miles northwest of Mammoth Lakes, when they found their way blocked by a seasonal waterfall. They couldn't find another way off the rock ledge they had reached, so they called the Mammoth Lakes visitor's center for help, said sheriff's spokeswoman Jennifer M. Hansen. The visitor's center passed the information to the sheriff's office about 3 p.m.

The Auburn-based helicopter dropped a two-person search and rescue climbing team in the valley 400 feet below the father and son, and the rescuers were able to reach the pair and help them get into the hovering helicopter.

The CHP crew ferried the climbers, who were not injured, to the Mammoth/Yosemite Airport, then returned and picked up the rescuers.