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Rescued Yosemite Visitors Return To Park To Present Plaque

Yosemite, CA — Thankful to be alive, Huntington Beach residents James Bachman and Dorothy Hovland returned to Yosemite Thursday to present a plaque to Park Ranger Dan Abbe to show their appreciation for his heroic efforts. 

Abbe rescued the pair after their truck and trailer slid off of Highway 41 and down a steep hillside on May 26th. After tumbling approximately 40 feet down hill, Bachman’s truck came to a rest on its side.

Visitors witnessing the accident flagged Ranger Abbe to the scene.  When Abbe arrived at the vehicle, the engine compartment was on fire.  Bachman and Hovland were unable to open the door to escape.  Abbe climbed on the truck and was able to pry the door open allowing Bachman and Hovland to exit the vehicle. 

As they climbed up to the roadside the truck and trailer were completely engulfed in flames.

Thursday’s ceremony was held in Yosemite Valley.

Written by bjhansen@mlode.com