Who doesn’t like a helicopter rescue from a local cliff face? In such a direction do our editorial cogitations tend as we upload the video above, which shows a CHP helicopter crew rescuing a couple of teenagers who managed to get themselves stuck on a Marin Headlands cliff last Friday. If you want to skip the preliminaries in the video, the actual rescue stuff happens at about the 4-minute, 30-second mark.

Here’s the CHP’s brief write-up of the episode:

On Friday, July 25, 2014 at approximately 1830 hours, CHP Helicopter H-30 was requested by Southern Marin Fire Department to assist in the rescue of two juveniles that were stuck on the face of a cliff in the Rodeo Beach area of the Golden Gate National Recreation area north of Point Bonita Lighthouse. H-30 responded to the area and quickly located two juveniles approximately 75 feet above the beach clinging to the face of the cliff. The juveniles were wearing only beachwear and no shoes and had no means of egress. Their location was inaccessible by ground due to the steep terrain and lack of proximity to any roadway made it impossible to affect a high angle rope rescue. With the direction of ground personnel from the South Marin Fire Department, the crew of H-30 lowered a rescue “collar” to the individuals bringing them to the aircraft before landing on the beach where they were reunited with ground personnel and their families. The juveniles were uninjured.

  • dd_t

    Thanks Dan,
    Do you happen to have figures on the number of folks who require rescue or are swept off our cliffs in Marin Headlands each year?

    • Dan Brekke

      dd_t, I don’t, off the top of my head. But I’ll try to come up with those numbers.


Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke (Twitter: @danbrekke) has worked in media ever since Nixon's first term, when newspapers were still using hot type. He had moved on to online news by the time Bill Clinton met Monica Lewinsky. He's been at KQED since 2007, is an enthusiastic practitioner of radio and online journalism and will talk to you about absolutely anything. Reach Dan Brekke at dbrekke@kqed.org.

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