A 56-year-old hiker fell 500 feet to his death during a Memorial Day trek in California’s Sequoia National Park, according to authorities — marking at least the third death of its kind over the holiday weekend.
The San Jose man, whose identity has not been made public, was on the summit ridge of the park’s Mount Russell when he lost his balance, the National Park Service said in a press release.
One of the man’s two hiking partners, a 45-year-old woman from Milpitas, Calif., grabbed hold of him, but couldn’t stop his momentum and fell with him, authorities said.
But while her tumble stopped at 30 feet, her partner plummeted 500 feet, according to the NPS.
Atop the ridge, the third member of the hiking party activated an emergency satellite beacon, then used his cellphone to call 911, the agency said.
A search-and-rescue team determined that the fallen male hiker was dead upon their arrival.
The fatal fall was