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.
Northern California’s Outdoor Digital Newsmagazine