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Man freed from hole on California cliffs after 'treacherous' rescue

According to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, the man was trapped from the waist down and the opening was only 18 inches.
Rescue crews work to free a man who fell in a narrow hole on the side of a cliff in San Diego County.
Posted at 12:13 PM, Dec 23, 2023

A man who got trapped in a narrow hole after slipping and falling in the Sunset Cliffs area of San Diego County, California was freed Friday after a rescue mission that took over 15 hours. 

The man, who was not identified, was spotted Thursday afternoon, but it is unclear how long he had been trapped. He told officials with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department he had been stranded under broken concrete sections of the side of a cliff near the water for days calling for help. 

The department said he was trapped from the waist down and the opening was only 18 inches. 

At one point during the “very treacherous” mission, rescue teams had to stop because of the tide coming in. 

They said the man was provided with shelter, electrolytes, hot packs and blankets until they were able to resume efforts in the morning.

The man was finally freed just before 11 a.m. on Friday, officials said. He was reportedly in good condition before being taken to a local hospital for further evaluation, according to Scripps News San Diego

Crews from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department and  the Chula Vista Fire Department assisted with the rescue.