Search and rescue team aids stranded climbers on Mt. Ritter

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Updated: 8/04/2014 1:52 pm
MONO COUNTY, Calif. ( & KRNV) -- A search and rescue team recently came to the aid of a father and son who were attempting to summit Mt. Ritter -- a popular peak located 13 miles northwest of Mammoth Lakes, according to a Mono County Sheriff's Office press release. 

During their descent Saturday afternoon, the father-son climbing team reached a point that was blocked by a waterfall and deterred them from moving any further. Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Team was called to aid the stranded father and son along with a California Highway Patrol H40 helicopter based in Auburn, Calif.

During the rescue, the helicopter dropped off a two-person SAR climbing team into the valley, about 400 ft. below the father and son. Because of good weather and wind conditions, the helicopter was then able to hover over the father and son. With the assistance of the SAR climbing team, the pair was loaded into the helicopter -- all of this while maintaining a hover next to the rock ledge where the father and son were stranded.

The H40 crew flew the uninjured climbers to the Mammoth/Yosemite Airport and then returned to the scene to extract the SAR members.

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