Just before 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, the Madera County Sheriff’s Communications Center received a report of a subject who slipped and fell in the area of Angel Falls along Willow Creek near Bass Lake.
A 64-year-old man from Great Britain was hiking along the trail and then got into the water, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO).
While getting out of the water, the man reportedly slipped and hit his head on the rocks at the water’s edge. He then lost consciousness and slipped into the water.
The man’s friends and family came to his aid and got him out of the water.
Sheriff’s deputies, Search and Rescue volunteers, Cal Fire, Madera County Fire, Forest Service and Sierra Ambulance all responded to the location.
The family was able to start hiking the subject a mile down the trail to meet emergency crews, who helped him hike out the remaining half-mile. He initially refused medical treatment, according to MCSO, but was later transported by Sierra Ambulance to a Fresno area hospital for treatment.
In light of the ongoing extreme heat, MCSO reminds everyone the waterways are still flowing at above-average speeds and are extremely cold. Please use caution when hiking, especially around waterways.