Mono SAR June 2019 Mt Morrison Rescue

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 24 June 2019



CHP H40 Rescue Copter Framed by Mount Morrison
H40 landed at the Mammoth-Yosemite airport, Mount Morrison in background. Mono SAR Photo.
"H40 landed at the Mammoth-Yosemite airport," Mount Morrison in background. Mono SAR Photo.


Eastern Sierra Accident

Mt Morrison Rescue,
Mono SAR, June 11, 2019.


Mount Morrison
In the John Muir Wilderness of the Inyo National Forest. I don't currently have a map depicting Mt Morison, but it is located a short distance off the East edge of this map from Lake Genevieve. This map depicts the route of the JMT-PCT over the Silver Divide, which locates Mount Morrison on a line between the Silver Divide and the Mammoth Airport, on the Eastern Flank of the Sierra overlooking the Airport, as we can see in the image above.

"...respond to a report of a 68 year old male from Chalfant, CA, injured in a fall on the south side of Mt. Morrison, at an approximate elevation of 11,200’."

"...activated a PLB, and a good location was acquired."

Direct Communication
"...the RP had a satellite phone, so the IC had communication with the group. The Team staged on the east side of Convict Lake. Air resources were requested."

"Two field teams left Rescue Base and began the climb up to the subject’s location."

Chopper & Mono SAR
"CHP called in...H40, which was just finishing up routine maintenance. H40 responded to the coordinates provided by the PLB, and quickly located the subject on steep talus terrain."

"...onboarded a Team member, who was down-hoisted to the subject’s location. H40 returned for another SAR member and the titanium litter and Bowman Bag, which were also down-hoisted to the subject’s location."

Banged Up
"The SAR medical team indicated that the subject had a 2” laceration to the back of his head by a sharp rock that penetrated his helmet, and a possible skull fracture, though not displaced. The subject likely had a fractured shoulder and scapula, as well as other lacerations and contusions."

"...then returned to the scene and hoisted out the subject and delivered him to Medic 3 back at the airport. H40 then extracted the two SAR members on scene."

Ground Backup
"Field teams 1 and 2 had been put on standby and requested to hold their position upon the arrival of H40. Once H40 successfully retrieved the subject, the field teams were advised to return to base."


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