Mariposa & Yosemite

Yosemite National Park rangers perform series of rescues

Rangers at Yosemite National Park performed a number of rescues over the weekend, including an injured rock climber near the summit of El Capitan and an 11-year-old black Labrador retriever that fell from the popular Tunnel View lookout.

Matthew Seymour, 26, of Evergreen, Colo., was stranded after he injured his leg while climbing El Capitan. He called the Yosemite Emergency Communication Center, which dispatched rangers to retrieve him from the top of the 23rd pitch of the Muir Wall climbing route, about 900 feet below the summit. The search and rescue team was taken by helicopter to the summit, where they lowered a rescuer to Seymour and pulled them both up. Seymour was taken by ambulance to John C. Fremont Hospital in Mariposa.

On Saturday, rangers assisted an injured hang glider in Leidig Meadow. The 64-year-old suffered serious injuries and was taken by helicopter to a local hospital for treatment. Shortly before that, rangers helped an injured snowboarder with a fractured femur who was in the Inyo National Forest, just east of Mount Dana.

Earlier in the week, rangers rescued a dog that plummeted over the stone wall at the Tunnel View lookout while chasing a squirrel. The 11-year-old black lab, named "Sweety," fell down the embankment on Thursday but rangers were unable to find it. On Saturday, Yosemite resource manager Ryan Leahy was in a wooded area below the lookout and heard the dog whimpering from below the rim. Park ranger Matt Stark and Leahy responded and rappelled about 100 feet, where they found the dog trapped on a small exposed ledge. The dog was uninjured.

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