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Fresno man recovering after mountain fall, complex rescue

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Authorities say a Fresno man is recovering after a fall and a complicated rescue in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

Madera County authorities say Larry Teixeira was hiking with friends when he lost his footing and tumbled down the side of the Lewis Creek trail Sunday afternoon. The trail is a scenic hike with steep climbs several miles outside of Yosemite National Park, near the mountain community of Oakhurst.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Erica Stuart said that after Teixeira fell, he ended up wedged between huge boulders that were perched above a fast-running creek.

Rescuing the 38-year-old Teixeira was especially difficult because crews had to cross the river to get to closer to him, then find a tree sturdy enough to try to remove him on a litter attached to ropes, said Stuart...


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