A 24-year-old man from Selma was rescued last week when he fell an estimated 25 feet in the Angel Falls area of Bass Lake, suffering a broken leg and cuts to his face.
The man was with a group of friends - two men and two women - who walked up the waterfall July 22, but slipped and fell into a deep hole.
“We call them washer machines,” said Sgt. Joseph Wilder, in charge of the Madera County Search & Rescue Team. “It’s where water falls into a rock hole and circulates with a lot of force and pressure. It’s a dangerous spot.”
Wilder said deputies attempted a short-haul rescue by helicopter, but determined it would be faster to do a high-angle rope rescue and lift the man up a steep rocky area, then transport him to an ambulance.
The man fell in around 12:40 p.m., and was successfully taken to a waiting Sierra Ambulance around 3 p.m., Wilder said. It was unclear whether he was airlifted by SkyLife to Community Regional Medical Center of Fresno, which had a landing zone prepared nearby with help from Cal Fire, Madera County Fire, and the U.S. Forest Service, but he ended up in safe medical care and was in reportedly good condition by Monday.