CHP copter helps rescue hiker after fall at Upper Yosemite Fall

A woman from the Netherlands was injured Saturday afternoon at Upper Yosemite Fall in Yosemite National Park when she fell 20 to 25 feet onto granite, the California Highway Patrol said in a news release Monday.

Yosemite search-and-rescue workers requested the assistance of a CHP helicopter when Anja Welten, 28, fell. The helicopter crew located her about 100 yards south of the falls fridge and relayed the information to the search-and-rescue workers who were hiking in. That team found Welten and provided information on her injuries, including a possible pelvic fracture. She was conscious and alert but complaining of severe pain in the pelvic area and was unable to stand or walk.

The Highway Patrol’s H40 helicopter returned to the scene and its crew lowered rescue equipment to hoist Welten. Upon lifting her, the helicopter crew flew her to Ahwahnee Meadow, where she was transferred to an ambulance.