On June 24 at around 12.30 in the afternoon, the California Highway Patrol received a phone call for assistance regarding a man who had been swept downstream from Emerald Pools by the swift-moving water. The man, Mr Tuiono, was found after a helicopter patrolled the area for over 30 minutes. He was spotted sitting on a boulder in the middle of the river, just above a 50-feet-deep waterfall.
According to the video description in the rescue video shared by CHP - Valley Division, the hoist and pick-up to the chopper was made more difficult by the precarious position of the stranded swimmer.
However, rescue did happen successfully. Watch it in the video below:
The California Highway Patrol adds in the video description that Mr Tuiono's girlfriend had to be rescued from the same area a couple of hours later as she became 'stranded on a ledge in very steep terrain.'
They are both extremely fortunate to have survived, according to both - the CHP and the video viewers. Click for more trending news