Incidents at Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks: Midsummer busy-ness

One of two rangers ( on the swiftwater search team in Cedar Grove area on Friday, July 19, that searched for a victim that was swept downriver when he attempted to swim across the Kings River. (National Park Service photo)

JULY 15-28, 2019

Sequoia National Park 
Lodgepole Incidents at Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks
07/18/2019: Lodgepole rangers responded to a 22-year-old pregnant female from Visalia, Calif., with severe abdominal pain. Ambulance 6 treated and transported the patient.
07/18/2019: Lodgepole rangers responded to a 39-year-old male from Exeter, Calif., who had large blisters on his feet, which he received while walking from the San Joaquin Valley up into Lodgepole the previous night. Ambulance 6 treated and transported the patient.
07/18/2019: Lodgepole rangers responded to a 54-year-old female from Corona, Calif., with a suspected broken wrist sustained while falling. Rangers treated the patient, who refused EMS transport.
07/19/2019: Ambulance 6 responded to a 4-year-old male from the Czech Republic with a head laceration. Ambulance 6 crew assessed and treated the patient. The patient’s parents refused EMS transport.
7/20/2019: Rangers received a report from a Sequoia-Kings Canyon maintenance employee of minors smoking marijuana in the Wolverton Water Treatment Plant. Rangers stopped an associated vehicle and contacted two minors who denied smoking marijuana but stated that they entered the treatment plant through an unlocked door in search of a restroom.
7/21/2019: Rangers responded to a 53-year-old female from Columbus, Ohio, with a head laceration from falling five feet off a rock. Rangers assessed and treated the patient, who refused EMS transport. 
7/27/2019: A ranger responded to three visitors from Minnesota who were stranded at the Upper Sherman Parking Lot. The trio had parked and walked down to the Sherman Tree and upon their return back to their rental vehicle found that they were unable to start the vehicle without cell coverage. The group was driven to Wuksachi to make tow arrangements. This is the second incident involving rental vehicle requiring cell coverage to start that required tows from the park… Technology.
7/27/2019: Rangers responded to Crystal Cave for a report of a 77-year-old female that had taken a fall inside the cave. The patient suffered a head laceration and was able to walk out of the cave under her own power. Rangers met her along the trail and utilized a stair chair to bring her to the parking lot. Patient was transported via ambulance to the hospital.
7/27/2019: Rangers responded to Stony Creek Campground for a report of a 1-year-old female from Carson, Calif., having a seizure. Rangers provided care and the patient was transported via ambulance to the hospital. 
Mineral King
7/15/2019: Rangers received a walk-up report at the Mineral King Ranger Station of a 15-year-old female who had dislocated her right patella after taking a mis-step while crossing a stream on the Cold Springs Nature Trail. The dislocation reset on its own shortly after the incident. The patient was able to walk with assistance to the ranger station. She was assessed/treated by EMTs on scene and was transported in a personal vehicle to an area hospital the following day. 
7/22/2019: A man reported that his girlfriend, a 36-year-old female from Porterville, Calif., had a seizure the prior evening and was not feeling well. A ranger arrived on scene and found the subject was in need of ambulance transport. Due to the extended response time from the Valley (1.5 hours), the subject was transported in a government vehicle to the helispot on the Mineral King Road. During the transport, the patient lost consciousness and had another seizure. She was transported on the park helicopter to the Ash Mountain Helibase and turned over to an air ambulance. 
High Sierra 
 7/18/2019: A 36-year-old female fell after slipping on polished granite and hyperextended her elbow. She sent an emergency satellite notification stating it was dislocated. The subject was accessed by helicopter where she was assessed, treated, and flown to Ash Mountain. She was transported to the hospital by a friend. 
Marijuana interdiction 
Rangers assisted Tulare County Sheriff’s Office with illegal marijuana grows on BLM and private land. 
Kings Canyon National Park 
Grant Grove 
7/23/2019: Ambulance 6 responded to Sunset Campground for a 19-year-old female from Southern California with an insect in her ear. The crew of Ambulance 6 removed the insect. 
7/25/2019: Ambulance 5 responded to Grant Grove Restaurant for a 6-month-old in respiratory distress. The family was staying at a cabin in Wilsonia when the symptoms appeared. The infant had been playing on the floor for a period of time when they showed signs of decreased respiratory drive and ultimately became apneic. The family had borrowed the cabin from a friend for the week. Throughout the week, several other people had experienced headaches and other symptoms consistent with carbon monoxide exposure. The family pet had been found dead in the cabin the previous day. It is believed that the infant was experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning. Upon being exposed to fresh air and supplemental oxygen, the infant’s condition greatly improved. There were no carbon monoxide detectors located inside the cabin.
7/27/2019: NPS Ambulance responded to Stony Creek Lodge for a 9-month-old who had a seizure. The patient was provided ALS care and transported by ambulance to the Valley. 
7/28/2019: NPS Ambulance and Life Flight were required for a 68-year-old female with chest and jaw pain.
7/28/2019: Park Ridge Lookout reported what sounded like a vehicle accident near the Wye. Responding rangers found a recently disabled and abandoned motor coach along the Generals Highway. A significant amount of smoke was observed coming from the rear wheel well. Southbound traffic on the Generals was stopped at the Wye, and Engines 52 and 61, and Patrol 41 responded. Temperatures around the rear axle were found to be near 600 degrees and water from the engines was used to cool the bus. The bus driver had managed to remove the bus from the roadway and mark the hazard with cones before leaving the scene to seek assistance. A mechanic responded and removed the bus that evening. 
Cedar Grove 
7/19/2019: Ambulance 4 responded to Roads End for a 17-year-old female who fell and injured her ankle while hiking. The patient was treated and drove with her parents to the hospital.
7/19/2019: While in swiftwater training, rangers responded to Roads End for an active swiftwater rescue. Bystanders reported a male entered the water at Muir Rock attempting to swim across the river and was swept downstream, struggling to keep his head above water, and was swept into larger rapids out of view of the bystanders at Muir Rock. Rangers established downstream containment at a large log strainer just upstream from Zumwalt Meadow, and while in place identified the victim’s shoe floating into the containment zone. While containment was being established, rangers performed a two-person in-water search from just above the point last seen at Muir Rock downstream to the containment point and successfully cleared the water without any findings. Just after clearing the water, the victim was positively identified at the Roads End parking lot. The victim was assessed by Ambulance 4 and refused further medical care. 

Rangers practice a “live-bait rescue” that requires saving a simulated injured victim off of a rock in the middle of the Kings River above Muir Rock. (National Park Service photo)

7/19/2019: Rangers conducted a swiftwater rescue refresher training above Muir Rock that included live-bait and contact rescue practice. While walking to the training site, rangers performed preventative search-and-rescue contacts with some of the  approximate 100 visitors at Muir Rock beach discussing swiftwater hazards.
7/19/2019-7/20/2019: Ambulance 4 responded on evening callout to Sheep Creek Campground for a 39-year-old male who was semi-conscious with severe abdominal pain and vomiting after ingesting an unknown poisonous mushroom. The patient was transported with Advanced Life Support care to the Bear Mountain Library landing zone in Squaw Valley and was transferred to an air ambulance for a night flight to the hospital.
7/20/2019: Ambulance 4 responded to the visitor center for a 57-year-old female requesting a medical assessment for joint pain and leg swelling. She was assessed and refused further care.
7/20/2019: Ambulance 4 responded to the visitor center for a 13 year old male with multiple lacerations after a fall while hiking. The patient was treated and parents refused further care.
7/20/2019: Ambulance 4 responded on evening callout to Sheep Creek Campground for a 3-year-old female with a small second-degree burn on her arm from falling onto a metal grate near a campfire. She was treated, and her parents drove her to the hospital.
7/22/2019: Rangers assisted with a CPR/First Aid training for Cedar Grove Maintenance and Pack Station.
7/24/2019: Rangers responded in Ambulance 4 to the Cedar Grove Visitor Center for a 4-year-old male that sustained a bug bite with swelling on his eye. The parents self-transported the child to the hospital.
7/25/2019: Rangers responded to the Cedar Grove Visitor Center for a child that sustained a bug bite with significant swelling on his foot. The parents self-transported the child to the hospital.
7/25/2019: Rangers assisted with logistics and notifications when sewer lines became backed up and overflowing between Sentinel and Sheep Creek Campgrounds.
7/26-28/2019: Rangers assisted the Grant Grove wilderness desk with issuing backcountry permits.
7/26/2019: Rangers responded in Ambulance 4 to the Cedar Grove Lodge for a 47-year-old female who was experiencing muscle spasms and jaw tightness. Patient was transported in Ambulance 4 to the Big Stump Entrance Station where she was transferred to Sequoia Safety Council.
7/27/2019: Rangers responded in Ambulance 4 to the Cedar Grove Visitor Center for a 9-year-old female with a laceration and suspected dislocated patella. Patient was transported in Ambulance 4 to Big Stump Picnic Area where she was transferred to Sequoia Safety Council. 
Sierra Crest
7/26/2019: Medevac from Evolution Lake for a 51-year-old female with a foot stress fracture.
7/27/2019: Medevac from Center Basin for an ill employee.
7/28/2019: Medevac from Rae Lakes for a 34-year-old male with symptoms of altitude illness.
Revenue and Fee Management Branch:
Entrance Stations: 
Summer operations continue to be steady. Weekdays are getting busier. 
Campgrounds: 
Campgrounds seeing increased demand on Wednesdays and Thursdays compared to previous years when Fridays were the busiest days.
Campgrounds across the parks are seeing lots of large groups with multiple sites. Rangers are working tirelessly to educate visitors and seek compliance with campground regulations, though there have been many challenges with food storage and noise complaints. 
Moraine Campground in Cedar Grove is ready to be opened as soon as the park gets approval to use the new NPS water system. 
Cedar Grove had a significant leak in the sewage system late in the week of 07/22/2019-07/28/2019 that required the closure of many restrooms. The leak has been repaired.
Law Enforcement Services: 
Dispatch 
During the week of 07/15/2019- 07/21/2019, there were 302 incidents that required assistance for all the parks that use the SRCC: Pinnacles NP (13), Whiskeytown Recreation Area (8), Channel Islands NP (10), Sequoia (137), Kings Canyon (133) 
During the week of 07/22/2019- 07/28/2019, there were 332 incidents that required assistance for all the parks that use the SRCC: Pinnacles NP (4), Whiskeytown Recreation Area (2), Channel Islands NP (7), Sequoia (179) and Kings Canyon (140) 

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