Cliffhanger Rescued Just in the Nick of Time

Helicopter crew comes to the aid of a cliff climber who had no safety equipment.
1:41 | 07/04/14

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Next tonight the risky rescue to save a climber holding on for dear life on the side of a cliff. The helicopter dangerously close to the rocks ABC's Neal Karlinsky shows us how they pulled it off. -- -- Even for this elite unit from the snohomish county helicopter rescue -- near Seattle it was a jarring sight. The man stuck high up on -- sheer rock face holding on for dear life. The man had called 911 for help them when they told -- a rescue team could take hours he said he couldn't hold on much longer. So the helicopter -- daring approach. With just ten feet between the rotors and on mountain called chair -- it was all white knuckled parking job to -- in position. And lower -- rescue climber. There's not much room. -- We'll hear. The man appeared to have no safety equipment something called free climbing that we saw up close recently with the world's best. Alex tunnels he climbs vertical towers rootless equal parts beautiful and -- fine. But you got rare but in this case the rescue climber reaches the man warns him not to reach out to him and removes his backpack. He then straps and into a harness before that you are hoisted -- read up. -- -- the helicopter there is no audio on board but the man's face one big exhale of relief says that all. Later on solid ground -- handshake of thanks for receiving his life and that day on the mountain he'll never forget. He'll -- -- -- ABC news Seattle.

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