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Mariposa County Sheriff's Office

Woman Drives Off Highway 49 Into Ravine

MARIPOSA COUNTY–A woman drove off an embankment on Highway 49 in Mariposa County at approximately 2:00 am on Thursday morning, 7.21.2022. The accident occurred in a remote area between Mariposa and Coulterville on the Bagby Grade.

Approximate location of the rescue in Mariposa County on 7.21.2022

A small group was doing research in a creek that runs into the Merced River near Bagby and while walking up the dry creek bed they came across a vehicle that had gone over the embankment with someone still inside.

The party that reported the accident to 911 stated they had to drive for 4 miles to get cell service. The call came into the dispatch office at approximately 10:30 am.

CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced and CAL FIRE Tuolumne and Calaveras Units, California Highway Patrol Mariposa (CHP), Mercy Ambulance, the Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue responded to the scene.

Cal Fire’s Sikorski Si-70 Type 1 “HAWK” Helicopter

The vehicle was approximately 200-250 feet over the bank. The CAL FIRE helicopter C404, stationed at the Columbia Air Attack Base, was able to hoist the victim out and transport her to a valley hospital.

A video of the rescue was posted on the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page here.


The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office provided no information on the type of vehicle or the victim.

Mariposa County Search and Rescue



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