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Helicopter Hoists Hikers to Safety From Cliff [Video]

A Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter assists in the rescue of two hikers from a cliff in Malibu Creek State Park.

Two stranded hikers were rescued just after midnight Monday from a cliff in Malibu Creek State Park.

A 29-year-old man from Thousand Oaks and a 31-year-old Simi woman called for help just before 9:30 p.m. Sunday near Century Lake, according to David Katz, a spokesman for Malibu Search and Rescue (SAR).

The couple began hiking at 3 p.m. Sunday and got to the cliff by 7:30 p.m., but decided to stay out in the darkness and call 911, Katz said.

Members of Malibu SAR made the trek up to the stranded hikers, he said.

A Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter was called out to assist in the rescue just before midnight and the hikers were hoisted to safety by 12:30 a.m.

The helicopter was called in because recent rains had saturated the cliff, making a climb down with the hikers too dangerous, according to Katz.

No injuries were reported.

This is the second rescue in a week from Malibu Creek State Park.

Jane Bellomy January 28, 2013 at 06:18 AM
Again?, and only about a week apart!
DP January 28, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Our first responders are the worlds finest!
Thank you to Jessica and the Malibu and Calabasas Patches for the late night support last night. Jessica worked with us while we were in the field last night past midnight on the rescue to get the news out to you. We were able to update her minute by minute with details, videos and pictures right from the field. Technology is terrific. It allows us to provide fresh relevant information to interested parties in real time.
Jessica E. Davis January 28, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Thanks so much for the live updates. You and the Malibu SAR Team are a pleasure to work with.
John January 28, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Wow these guys are busy.

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