Father and son survive 500-foot plunge off Highway 49 South

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Monday afternoon, emergency response personnel from several agencies, including the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team, responded to a vehicle accident on Highway 49 South.

According to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, “All those (first responders) combined, saved the life of a father and son traveling through Mariposa County today. “

The vehicle they were driving went off the road and down the embankment approximately 400-500 feet. A CAL-FIRE unit in the area saw a downed road marker and stopped to investigate, that is when he saw the vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office.

Search and Rescue responded and began the rescue operation with CAL-FIRE and Mercy Ambulance. Throughout the rescue the wind and rain pelleted rescuers and made the effort even more difficult.

Both father and son were talking when they reached the top of the embankment after being pulled up the hill by rescuers. They were transported to Central Valley hospitals.

“We don’t how long the two were down there before being located,” said Kristie Mitchell, Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office public information officer.

The above information was provided by the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. To view video of the rescue, visit that Facebook page.

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