A woman who decided to sunbathe on rocks while hiking was shocked when a helicopter was called in to rescue her.
KoKo, from Northern California, decided to take a walk along the Buttermilk Trail in Bridgeport, Nevada County, when she spotted a sunny rock about half a mile away.
In a series of TikTok videos on her account, @ koko.sierra, she described the rescue effort that was launched, with her most popular clip racking up over eight million views.
In the clip, she films herself looking at the helicopter, with the text on the screen saying, “POV [point of view] you stop on a hike to sunbathe and the park rangers send a helicopter down because they think you passed out. “
As she captioned it: “Plot twist, it’s me who was saved.”
After the video, which was shared last month and can be seen here, went viral, she added another explaining the whole saga.
KoKo from Michigan said, “I hiked, wasn’t very far into the hike and saw this place where you could go down and sit on some rocks, and j ‘had my book with me, so I was like’ oh cute I’m going to go over there and read. ‘
“I went over there with my book, fully intent on reading, but those stones were so hot and I just thought maybe I should lay here and close my eyes.
“And I heard a helicopter for at least 15 minutes, going around in circles, come closer then far, near and then far, and I was like what, it’s so boring, it’s so loud every time let him get closer.
“I just wanted some peace and quiet. So I was just minding my own business. And then suddenly it gets really strong and I can feel the wind from the helicopter.”
KoKo realized that the helicopter had been called for her after the crew started talking to her on a mega phone.
So they also sent a rescuer on foot, who quickly came out to talk to him.
Responding to numerous questions, she revealed that another hiker had called her, adding, “Lots of drama, I didn’t end up marrying any of the people who saved me.
“I didn’t need to be saved. And no, I didn’t have to pay.”
Her savage rescue was greeted with hilarity online, as Grace Swanson wrote: “My social anxiety would make me pretend I was dead so they didn’t feel like I was wasting their time.”
Gabylicious21 joked, “Is this me? Am I the drama?”
Haley Preininger wrote: “It’s the energy of the main character.”
Anna Leanne Kujawa commented, “I will remember this video whenever I want to take a break from hiking.”
Although Gi Random Last Name added, “I mean to them to be vigilant anyway.”
The 2017 report showing search and rescue (SAR) incident data, reported by the National Parks Service, found that there was a total of 4,194 SAR incidents reported that year, with 1,728 backups.
The various results were broken down into 187 deaths, 1,500 sick or injured, 2,000 not sick or injured, including 423 “unfounded”.
News week contacted KoKo for comment.