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 is a blogger, reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for online breaking news coverage of topics ranging from California water issues to the Bay Area's transportation challenges. In a newsroom career that began in Chicago in 1972, Dan has worked as a city and foreign/national editor for The San Francisco Examiner, editor at Wired News, deputy editor at Wired magazine, managing editor at TechTV as well as for several Web startups.

Since joining KQED in 2007, Dan has reported, edited and produced both radio and online features and breaking news pieces. He has shared in two Society of Professional Journalists Norcal Excellence in Journalism awards — for his 2012 reporting on a KQED Science series on water and power in California, and in 2014, for KQED's comprehensive reporting on the south Napa earthquake.

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