Palo Alto woman rescued after fall at Yosemite National Park


A 63-year-old Palo Alto woman was rescued after she fell off a path at Yosemite National Park over the weekend, according to the California Highway Patrol.

On Saturday evening, a CHP helicopter crew responded to a rescue for the woman, Sue Hopley, who was hiking on the Nevada Fall trail and slipped on ice, CHP officials said.

She fell backwards and went down 10 feet before she landed on granite, according to the CHP.

She seriously injured her back and was unable to walk, CHP officials said.

Park search and rescue personnel assisted Hopley but were unable to carry her out because of the hazardous conditions, according to the CHP.

A search and rescue team member sheltered her in place through the overnight hours, CHP officials said.

The next morning, the helicopter crew carried out the rescue by landing at the top of Nevada Fall and flew Hopley to Ahwahnee Meadow, where park paramedics came to her aid, according to the CHP.

Hopley was later airlifted to a hospital in the Modesto area to be treated for a possible fractured back, CHP officials said.

To watch a video of the rescue, click here.

— Bay City News Service

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7 people like this
Posted by so what
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 7, 2016 at 12:28 pm

What is the point of publishing this woman's gender, age, and city of residence, but not her name? I clicked on this article to see if one of my neighbors needed help with her recovery, but the article has no information that would be useful to anyone.

3 people like this
Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 7, 2016 at 1:26 pm

It's called medical privacy.

5 people like this
Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 7, 2016 at 2:41 pm

What a horrible experience. After an injury like that, having to shelter in place? Ugh. Search and rescue really made a difference. What a relief that she was safely transported to a hospital. Wishing her a full recovery.

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Posted by so what
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 7, 2016 at 4:15 pm

I see that the article has been updated to include the victim's name (which was in the CHP press release, by the way). Thank you for making this article useful. Without the name, there was really no point in publishing this article at all. Lots of people get hurt in Yosemite.

2 people like this
Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 7, 2016 at 5:31 pm

Nice CHP video. I recognize the outhouse at the junction of Mist Trail and John Muir, about 0.2 mile northeast of the top of Nevada Falls. Wonder which trail she was hiking up, and where she slipped. Comments under the video questioned whether the trail was even open for hiking at this time of year. I'm more curious how aid was summoned. Poor cell coverage in that area. Did a companion hike out for help? Hope she recovers fully, and someday tells "the rest of the story".

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