Two climbers rescued after fall at Lover’s Leap
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Two rock climbers were brought to safety Saturday night following an “extremely dangerous” rescue mission at a popular Lake Tahoe area rock formation, according to a statement from El Dorado County Sheriff’s Lt. Les Lovell.
About 7:30 p.m. county search and rescue team members and Lake Valley Fire Protection District personnel responded to a report of a injured climber at Lover’s Leap, about 20 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe.
A 33-year-old Bay Area man suffered moderate injuries after falling between 80 and 100 foot fall while climbing with a partner at the prominent granite formation, Lovell said.
The men became stuck on a ledge due to the man’s injuries and because climbing equipment was lost in the fall. The men were not prepared for emergencies and not dressed for an overnight stay, Lovell said.
Rescuers considered the situations an “extreme emergency” and helicopter from Naval Air Station Fallon responded to the area.
After an air rescue team member was lowered to the stranded climbers, the helicopter was required to call off the rescue mission because of snow and worsening weather conditions. Visibility was “very poor” following nightfall and conditions were “very dangerous,” Lovell said.
A technical rope rescue was required to bring all three of the men down from the rock face.
The injured man was taken to Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe for treatment. The statement did not list the nature of the man’s injuries.
“El Dorado County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue wants to remind all persons recreating in the backcountry to be educated on pending weather developments and have a plan consisting of what to do in the event of an emergency,” Lovell said.