Horsetail Falls victim doing well |

Horsetail Falls victim doing well

by Gregory Crofton, Tribune staff writer

A 35-year-old Carmel, Ind., man, who was seriously injured when he fell headfirst off a cliff just west of Horsetail Falls, was released from the hospital last week.

“Somebody easily could have gotten killed in that situation,” said El Dorado County Sheriff’s Detective Tim Mazzoni, a rescue coordinator at the scene. “I know where he fell. He was lucky.”

Patrick Mann and three friends were on a hike back from Ropi Lake, a body of water north of Horsetail Falls on Aug. 1 when Mann fell. His friends found him 100 feet down a steep slope with a deep cut on the back of his head.

Mann was airlifted to Washoe Medical Center from Echo Summit. It took 25 members of El Dorado Search and Rescue Team several hours to conduct a rope rescue across rocky terrain. A deputy said no helicopters could rescue Mann because it was storming and the air was smoky from forest fires.

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