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Dec 11, 2012 12:23 AM by Associated Press

Fresno man recovering after fall, complex rescue

OAKHURST, Calif. (AP) - 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 says after Teixeira fell, he ended up wedged between huge boulders that were perched above a fast-moving river.

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.

Teixeira was taken to a hospital where he was being treated for what was described as serious injuries, but non-life threatening injuries.

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