We like to show you a lot of people jumping off of Northern California waterfalls. It’s such a beautiful sight to behold as people gracefully huck themselves many feet into a water pool in front of our beautiful waterfalls.
But there’s a disclaimer – everyone that we show doing it is a professional cliff jumper. Anyone else that does it puts themselves in serious danger.
That’s what happened in August of 2017, when a 21-year-old attempted a backflip off of Traverse Falls near Placerville. When she landed wrong, she broke multiple bones. In no condition to hike out, CHP Air Operations came to the rescue.
CHP – Valley Division Air Operations posted a video to their social media pages showing the woman’s attempted jump and the subsequent rescue that was successfully attempted afterwards. The video is a unique look at rescue operations in wilderness situations:
It’s a relief that the woman wasn’t injured even worse and it stands as a lesson to practice water safety when visiting our beautiful tributaries. It’s also feels good knowing that CHP Air Operations is there to help us in time of need.