Inmate firefighters from Mt. Bullion Conservation Camp #39 joined other first-responders to rescue four people from a vehicle that went off an embankment.

Near Mariposa in the Sierra Nevada foothills, a car careened off a road and plummeted down a 500-foot embankment. Stranded, a passing motorist saw fresh tire skids leading off the road, and stopped to check out the scene. That’s when she heard cries for help coming from below. A quick call to 911 found inmate firefighters from nearby Mt. Bullion Conservation Camp #39 responding to help.

About one mile south of Schilling Road on Highway 49, rescuers found the vehicle more than 500 feet down the embankment.

CDCR’s inmate firefighters, CAL FIRE and Mariposa County Sheriff deputies worked together to rescue four people trapped in the vehicle. The accident victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

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Rescuers make their way down the embankment to the vehicle.


A vehicle can be seen 500 feet down an embankment near Mariposa. Four people were trapped inside. Inmate firefighters assisted in the rescue.