Hiker rescue caught on tape

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Park officials say a backpacker who narrowly avoided plunging to
his death from a waterfall at Yosemite National Park was hoisted to safety by a helicopter rescue crew
in an operation that was captured on video.
Video footage of the May 28 rescue shows the helicopter hovering over a gorge at the base of Upper
Yosemite Fall. The video was released last week.
The backpacker is on a boulder that park officials say he was able to scramble onto after slipping and
falling into the rapids.
A rescuer who was lowered down to the boulder is seen attaching a line. He and the backpacker are then
hoisted up.
The backpacker was treated for hypothermia. Park officials say he would have died if he had not been able
to get onto the boulder.