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Helicopter Rescues Hiker Clinging to Rock Above 40-Foot Waterfall

The 25-year-old man escaped unhurt after being swept into the South Yuba River.

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A California Highway Patrol helicopter crew pulled 25-year-old Kalani Tuiono off a boulder in the snowmelt-swollen South Yuba River last week after he fell into the water. Tuiono was only about 10 feet from the top of a 40-foot waterfall.