Dramatic chopper rescue at Yosemite National Park

The harrowing rescue of a man who almost plunged to his death at Yosemite National Park last month was captured on video and released Tuesday by park officials.

On May 28, just before noon, a backpacker nearly died when he almost fell over a waterfall, but he was able to scramble and get on a boulder in the middle of the river.


The unidentified man was on a boulder below a series of cascades in class V+ whitewater in an area referred to as the “Inner Gorge,” according to park officials. 

The man was flushed through more than 100 feet of whitewater before he was able to pull himself onto the boulder, officials said. 

Crews determined a "short haul" rescue operation could be performed in the area.

The man was rescued by a helicopter, which can be seen in the video hovering over the gorge at the base of Upper Yosemite Falls, making it possible for a rescuer to reach the stranded hiker.

The rescuer quickly put the victim into a harness and the helicopter returned, lifting both out of the gorge and back to Ahwahnee Meadow, according to park officials. 

The backpacker was treated for hypothermia but suffered no other injuries.

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