CHP helicopter rescues injured hiker from Kaweah River

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A California Highway Patrol helicopter was used over the weekend to rescue a hiker who fell about 30 feet in Sequoia National Park.

The victim, a 33-year-old woman from North Hollywood, was near the Kaweah River Friday afternoon and fell while hiking near Marble Falls. The woman fell approximately 15 feet before free-falling another 15 feet into the river.

The hiker, who was not able to climb out, yelled and used her whistle to signal for help. On Saturday afternoon, she was able to get the attention of another group of hikers, who notified park officials.

The hiker was airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno for treatment of significant but non-life threatening injuries.

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