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"I was so happy to see those guys" says Rescued Hiker

A dramatic rescue in Sequoia National Park. An injured hiker airlifted to safety by the CHP helicopter. And it was all caught on camera.

The woman fell while hiking and was stranded, overnight, for 24 hours before someone heard her calls for help.

It was the moment Margaret ‘Sam’ Wilson had waited for, the trip to safety after a bad fall in Sequoia National Park. Wilson had been hiking by herself in the area near Marble Falls.

She’d stopped to take a picture and took off her backpack. The backpack rolled down the cliff. When Sam tried to retrieve her pack she fell nearly 40 feet into the water.

"I knew my legs were ok ’cause I was able to stand up. When I looked down my arm was hanging low. And I picked it up to my chest but it was still hanging down. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to get out," Wilson said.

She had a broken arm and shoulder. She yelled and blew a whistle trying to get someone’s attention.
After 24 hours another group of hikers heard her.
The CHP helicopter was sent in to airlift her out.

"It’s pretty steep terrain in there lot of granite," said flight officer and paramedic Andrea Brown. She guided the stretcher carrying Wilson into the chopper.

"I just see myself in that position or my family member, I would hope someone would do that for us. She was having one of the worst days of her life and it turned into one of the better days of her life," Brown said.

Wilson had spent the night alone in the wilderness with just a light jacket and half a granola bar.

"I was so happy to see those guys. For someone you never want to see, you’re so happy when you see the rescue guys, you know?" Wilson said.

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