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Hiker Rescued

Yosemite National Park, CA — A 17 year old hiker from southern California had to be air-lifted from the Park Monday afternoon.

At approximately 3:30pm the Emergency Dispatch Center received a call regarding a collapsed hiker on the Upper Yosemite Fall Trial. According to Ranger Kari Cobb the unidentified youth from Upland, CA collapsed near the summit … a 3.5 mile trail that begins in the Yosemite Valley.

Two Yosemite rangers were dispatched to the scene to assist the hiker. A C.H.P. helicopter then air-lifted the youth to Children’s Hospital in Madera. The initial report indicates the 17 year old experienced a medical issue. He was not injured in any type of fall.

The hiker was on a trip with the Yosemite Institute. He was with a group of approximately eight students and several adult chaperones and instructors. The hike is a regular part of the curriculum experienced by the students of the Yosemite Institute, a week-long residential environmental education program.

Written by bill.johnson@mlode.com