MARIN COUNTY, CA – The San Francisco US Coast Guard Sector and Southern Marin Fire Protection District managed to rescue five people on Saturday night from a cliff near Muir Beach.
Teams from the Southern Marin Fire Protection District responded to the incident around 8 p.m. and located three people stranded at the edge of a cliff and two others stranded near the summit within sight of Muir Beach.
At 8:17 p.m., firefighters contacted the coast guard to request assistance with the rescue operation. After watchmen briefed the Coast Guard Air Station operations center, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was launched and was on scene at 9 p.m.
At that time, the 3rd Southern Marin County Fire Battalion informed the Coast Guard that ground crews had rescued the two people atop the cliff.
A video released on Sunday shows the crew of the Dolphin helicopter hoisting the three remaining people stranded from the cliff.
The three people were transported to Air Station San Francisco.
“Operations on the cliffs are inherently risky for both ground crews and aircrews, and are considerably riskier at night,” said Lt. Cmdr. Eric Schwartz, commander of the Dolphin aircraft at Air Station San Francisco. “We were happy that the conditions allowed us to save three lives alongside our partner agencies.”
No injuries were reported.