9-year old by saved from falling over Vernal Fall at Yosemite

317 ft high  Vernal fall

317 ft high Vernal fall

The rescue happened this past Tuesday April 9. The lad was going after a water bottle upstream of Vernal Fall on the Mist Trail. This route is on the way to Half Dome. That area of the Mist Trial is known for a shower of spray that comes down the granite steps. Above the fall it is mellow. The Merced is at capacity in spring as the snow on higher elevations melts.

16-year old high school linebacker Alec Smith, climbed over the protective fence and held his arm out to grab the boy as he careened toward certain death about 25 feet from the edge. The fall is 317 feet high and the flow ends on a pile of huge boulders.  Smith grabbed a rock and was anchored by the boy’s father. He was quoted s saying:

“Everything happened so fast. I got into the river, we met at the same point. I reached out my hand and he grabbed my hand, and I yanked him out and his dad helped me out.” 

Watch your kids!! I’m sure all 3 discovered religion that day.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Please help me I’m falling….” – Hank Locklin

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: