Sacto 9-1-1
June 18, 2013
Sacramento kayaker rescued from remote Madera County site

A kayaker from Sacramento has been rescued after he was injured on the San Joaquin River in a remote area of Madera County this afternoon.

Madera County Sheriff John Anderson announced that Michael Tate, 33, was hoisted out of the high country at an elevation of nearly 8,000 feet.

Tate was kayaking down the San Joaquin River late this afternoon when he reportedly went over a 10- foot waterfall and hit bottom, injuring himself, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

The accident occurred just south of Devils Post Pile, which is not far from where the wreckage of the plane flown by millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett was found in October 2008, officials said.

The area, although in Madera County, can be accessed on the ground only through Mono County, and it would have taken ground crews several hours to reach Tate. The Madera County Sheriff's Office requested air support from the California Highway Patrol.

Officials said Tate was transported to a hospital in Mammoth and is expected to recover from his injuries.

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