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Man Rescued From Steep Cliff At Lands End

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An HH65 “Dolphin” helicopter from Air Station San Francisco flies by the Golden Gate Bridge. (Matthew Udkow/USCG)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – A man was rescued from a steep cliff at Lands End in San Francisco Sunday morning after spending the night injured and calling out for help.

The victim, who was in his 20’s, had been walking along the cliffs Saturday around sunset, when he fell and inured his ankle. Jogger David Robison heard him screaming for help on Sunday morning.

“He appeared to understand what I was saying. Help’s on the way. I asked him if he was hurt,” said Robison. “I think he said yes. As it turns out, he was.”

KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:

A Coast Guard chopper and three fire rescue boats were dispatched, as four firefighters rappelled down the cliff to rescue the man.

“One of our firefighters was able to help the gentleman. Then we had to decide how we were going to get him out of there,” said San Francisco Assistant Fire Chief Art Kenney. “There was a drop down to the water, so we called for jet skis and a rescue boat. We lowered him down there, put him in the water and got him out.”

The victim was transferred to San Francisco General Hospital with a fractured ankle and suffering from hypothermia. One firefighter also sprained an ankle during the rescue.

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