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