Rescue on the Big Stone
September 30, 2011 4:21 PM Subscribe
This week, an Austrian climber in Yosemite Valley took a fall on the granite monolith El Capitan
. As he fell, his thumb caught in some climbing gear and was severed. Amazingly, the severed digit landed on the ledge beside the injured climber's partner, who retrieved it. Amazing helicopter rescue ensued.
Behind the rescue is YOSAR - the Yosemite Search and Rescue Team. They are a volunteer group of climbers, paddlers and others who manage technical rescues in the national park. You may have never heard of them
, but some folks are very glad
they are around.
ps: the thumb was surgically re-attached.