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CA-CZU Vehicle Over The-Side Beach Extrication and Technical Rescue in Pescadero #CaFire #CaEMS
Vehicle Accident Involving Extrication and Technical Rescue in Pescadero
Pescadero - On Saturday, February 8th, at approximately 9:30 PM, firefighters from CAL FIRE / San Mateo County Fire Department, along with multiple other allied agencies, responded to a report of a vehicle over the-side of a coastal cliff near Pescadero Beach in southern San Mateo County.
First arriving units found a vehicle approximately 50’ down a coastal cliff, resting precariously on the rocky beach in the surf.
Firefighter quickly lowered themselves to the vehicle and found two people trapped in the vehicle.
Due to dangerous location of the vehicle, firefighters on the beach were forced to extricated the patients, using “jaws of life” type hydraulic rescue tools, while contending with breaking waves, heavy rain and limited visibility.
Crews above assembled a high-angle rope rescue system and successfully raised one patient with moderate injuries to an awaiting ambulance. Crews carried the second patient up the cliffs with minor injuries. Both patients were transported to local hospitals.
Agencies from throughout the region responded, resources from CAL FIRE / Coastside Fire District, La Honda Volunteer Fire Brigade, San Mateo County Sheriff's Department, California State Parks Lifeguards, American Medical Response, US Coast Guard Helicopter and the California Highway Patrol.
Fire officials remind everyone of the dangers of driving near costal cliffs, especially at night and in the rain. Leave extra time and reduce speed under these conditions.
Source CAL FIRE press release:
CONTACT: Jonathan Cox
Fire Captain (650) 245-0170
DATE: February 9, 2013---------------------------------------------
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