Incident:Broken Ankle in Seven Teacups 2017/09/03

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Incident:Broken Ankle in Seven Teacups 2017/09/03
Date 2017/09/03
Location Seven Teacups
Severity Injury
Canyoneering-related Yes
SAR involvement Yes
Navigation problem No
Environmental problem No
Communication problem No
Planning problem No
Skills problem Yes
Body movement problem No
Rigging problem No
Rappel problem No
Insufficient gear No
Gear failure No


Person jumped into a 3' deep section of the pool above the 3rd rappel landing forward and unable to bend knees to absorb the impact. An SAR team was called in for extraction as all helicopters were occupied with Caldwell Fire.


The incident happened in the 7 teacups, with the water being about 3 feet deep. 10 people out of our group jumped Ok. The person jumping next was a bigger guy and he landed bad, breaking his ankle. We had a wilderness first responder in our group who put a splint to his ankle. We sent out a group to call for help. 2 law enforcement officers came in and assessed the situation. They decided to call for an air extraction. While the helicopter was on its way it hit a thunderstorm and was forced to turn around. Another SAR party was sent in to stay with the patient during the night. He then was air lifted to a hospital in Visalia the following day.