Ice climber falls 40 feet in Lee Vining Canyon

A CHP helicopter lifts a 64-year old Mono County man from the bottom of Chouinard Falls in Lee Vining Canyon Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. The search and rescue team of the Mono County Sheriff Office was called out to rescue the injured ice climber who fe
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A CHP helicopter lifts a 64-year old Mono County man from the bottom of Chouinard Falls in Lee Vining Canyon Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. The search and rescue team of the Mono County Sheriff Office was called out to rescue the injured ice climber who fe
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Search and rescue team plucks injured ice climber from Sierra canyon

Fresno Bee Staff

January 02, 2018 08:01 PM

The Mono County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team joined forces with the California Highway Patrol on Monday to rescue an injured ice climber.

A 64-year-old Mono County man fell about 40 feet while climbing ice at Chouinard Falls in Lee Vining Canyon, the sheriff’s office reported on its Facebook page. Five members of the search and rescue team hiked down from the Highway 120/Tioga Pass road, while two others were lowered from a CHP helicopter.

The injured climber was put in a litter and carried through rugged terrain to a spot where the CHP helicopter could hoist him up and carry him out. He was transferred to a Care Flight aircraft at the Lee Vining airport and flown to Reno for treatment.

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