Park personnel busy with visitor incidents

 

Each summer, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park rangers face a daunting emergency workload. Here are the incidents that have occurred to date during July:

On Wednesday, July 1, rangers responded to Panther Gap on the Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park for a person who was thrown from a horse. The victim was carried by litter to a landing zone and flown to Ash Mountain where they were transported by ambulance to Visalia. 

On Friday, July 3, National Park Service emergency crews assisted Cal Fire with the evacuation of an injured firefighter on Case Mountain, located about three miles outside southern Sequoia’s west boundary.

During the night of Friday, July 3, a ranger responded to a child who fell into a campfire at Dorst Creek Campground and received severe burns on both hands. First aid was administered and the parents transported the child to Fresno for further medical treatment. 

On Friday, July 3, rangers responded to the upper General Sherman Tree parking lot for a visitor who fell off a rock. Patient transported via ambulance.

On Saturday night, July 4, rangers were called to assist a patient with an altered mental state and slurred speech in Lodgepole. They were transported via private vehicle to medical care. 

Rangers managed traffic for the annual Wilsonia Fourth of July Parade. The parade was heavily attended by local residents and visitors. 

A visitor arrived at the Crabtree Ranger Station in the Sequoia backcountry with difficulty breathing (no date or time provided). They spent the night at the ranger station and were flown out the following morning.

Rangers and helitack responded to an SOS SPOT activation at Wright Creek in the Sequoia backcountry (no date or time provided). The visitor stated he had lost consciousness after slipping and hitting his head. The visitor was flown out to the helibase and transported by ground to a hospital.

Rangers/helitack responded to multiple SPOT activations on Mt. Langley in the Sequoia backcountry for a visitor who had broken her ankle and spent the night at 13,200 feet elevation (no date or time provided). The victim was flown to the helibase and received ground transport to the hospital.

Rangers/helitack responded to Guitar Lake in the Sequoia backcountry for a patient with difficulty breathing and chest pain (no date or time provided). The patient was flown to the helibase and transported by ground to the hospital.

A visitor arrived at Little Five Lakes Ranger Station in the Sequoia backcountry complaining of difficulty breathing and chest pain (no date or time provided). The patient was flown to the helibase and was transported by ground to hospital.

Rangers assisted a separated party near New Army Pass in the Sequoia backcountry (no date or time provided). Subject was given proper equipment to remain overnight at elevation and then hiked out to the trailhead the following day to meet up with the rest of his group. Inyo County Sheriff’s Office was advised in case they received reports overnight.                                 

A visitor with an altered level of consciousness and complaining of weakness on their right side was transported by park ambulance to a Life Flight helicopter and flown to Fresno (no date, time, or location provided).

A visitor involved in a motorcycle accident on the Redwood Canyon road in Kings Canyon National Park was transported by park ambulance with a lower leg injury (no date or time provided).

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