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Coast Guard and Southern Marin Fire rescue 5 from cliff near Muir Beach

Coast Guard and Southern Marin Fire rescue 5 from cliff near Muir Beach
Archive image: A flight mechanic aboard a Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco MH-65 Dolphin helicopter lowers the rescue swimmer down to a near by cliff while stabilizing the line during vertical surface cliff rescue training at Mori Point in Pacifica, California, April 16, 2019.
Aircrew members train consistently to ensure they are always ready to effectively conduct high-risk rescues along the unsafe cliffs of California.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jordan Akiyama.

SAN FRANCISCO —​ The Coast Guard and Southern Marin Fire Protection District crews rescue five people Saturday from a cliffside near Muir Beach.

Battalion 3, Southern Marine Fire Protection District, notified Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders at 8:17 p.m. Saturday of three people stranded on a cliff face and two additional individuals stranded topside in view of Muir Beach.

Watchstanders briefed the Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco operations center who accepted the agency assist request and launched their MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter (SRR) aircrew.

Battalion 3 personnel reported a land-based rescue of the two people on top of the cliff and remained on scene to vector in the Dolphin rescue helicopter crew to the three people stranded on the cliff.

The MH-65 aircrew arrived on scene at approximately 9 p.m. and hoisted all three people from the cliff and transported them to Air Station San Francisco with no reported injuries.

A Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew rescue five individuals who were stranded cliffside near Muir Beach, California, Aug. 21, 2021.
Southern Marin Fire District requested an agency assist for the cliff side rescue.
U.S. Coast Guard video.

“Cliff operations are inherently risky for both ground parties and air crew, and are significantly higher risk during nighttime,” said Lt. Cmdr. Eric Schwartz, the Air Station San Francisco MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter commander. “We were glad the conditions allowed us to save three lives alongside our partner agencies.”

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