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Injured kayaker rescued by airlift

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A 33-year-old Sacramento man kayaking down the San Joaquin River had to be airlifted to a Mono County hospital earlier this week when he went over a waterfall and injured his ankle.

Michael Tate was rescued by a three-agency team Tuesday afternoon from just south of the Devils Postpile area of Mammoth Mountain in the Sierra National Forest.

The Madera County Sheriff’s Department, Mono County Sheriff’s Department, and California Highway Patrol officers took part in the two-hour rescue operation from around 5 to 7 p.m.

Madera County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Erica Stuart said that a friend kayaking with Tate called in his injury by satellite phone and led rescuers to his location...


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