A hiker suffered only minor injuries Thursday after spending more than two hours clinging to View Postthe side of a sheer, vertical cliff, in danger of falling 500 feet to the canyon below.
The 24-year-old woman became trapped at the top of the cliff while hiking with a friend in Topanga State Park in Malibu, Calif.
She and her male hiking partner were attempting to descend the cliff by rock climbing but, after about 40 feet, found themselves in more danger than they had anticipated.
The partner was able to climb back up to the top of the cliff, while the woman froze, apparently scared and unable to move.
She remained trapped in a sitting position on the face of the cliff for more than two hours, with one hand grasping the rock beside her.
The woman’s hiking partner turned yellow string into a makeshift safety line for her to hold onto, while trying to reach authorities for help on his cell phone. Rescuers from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department finally arrived nearly two hours later, just as nightfall began to descend.
After convincing the terrified hiker she was safe to let go, sheriff officials lifted her to safety in their helicopter, just around 6:30 p.m.
Footage of the dramatic rescue was caught-on-tape by a rescue helmet-cam worn by one of the rescuers, and released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.