Malibu News
Driver Rescued By Search And Rescue
By Eva Keqi
Aug 1, 2012 - 1:10:03 PM

MALIBU—Friday, July 27, the Malibu Search and Rescue Team (SAR) of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department rescued a man who was holding onto the side of a cliff at 250 feet below the street level.

Early Friday morning, a motorcycle accident occured and the motorcycle rider fell about 20-30 feet over a cliff with his vehicle. He managed to climb back to the top of Mulholland Hwy on his own, but his motorcycle slipped hundreds of feet down the cliff.

A member of the Malibu SAR rescuing the tow truck driver Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department
A tow company was called in to recover the motorcycle. Two employees of the tow company arrived at the spot of the accident and took action to retrieve the vehicle. One of them, a 36-year-old Newbury Park resident, held a cable around him to go over the cliff where the motorcycle had landed. He was about 200 feet down from the street when he touched slippery ground and fell down for another 50 feet. The man lost his cable and remained in precarious conditions, clinging onto the cliff.

At 9:30 p.m. the Malibu Search and Rescue Team came to help rescue the tow company truck driver. The site where the man fell was about a mile north of Pacific Coast Highway. The Malibu SAR personnel struggled to reach the man down the cliff but managed to safely raise the tired tow company employee up to the street level. The rescuers encountered several difficulties in their mission due to the darkness and the unusual position and circumstances of the accident. The first rescuer that reached the truck driver reported that he was clinging so tightly to cliff that it was hard to roll the rescue harness around him.

The Sheriff’s Malibu Search and Rescue Team Public Information Officer, Reserve Sergeant David Katz said: “”¦ it turned out that the extreme darkness masked the sheer cliff just below the stranded man. With large rocks and boulders below, the man was very lucky to have not slid further or the result could have been tragic." The rescue mission went on for about 2 1/2 hours until they safely raised the man up. This was the 75th rescue managed by the Malibu Search and Rescue (SAR) so far in 2012.

Search and Rescue Teams act as the official emergency response unit of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Their mission is to provide service to citizens who become stranded, lost, or injured in the mountains of Los Angeles County. Each Search and Rescue Team is composed of reserve sheriff’s deputies that volunteer to help their community. The Los Angeles County Search and Rescue has approximately 110 volunteers working out in 7 Los Angeles County locations, including Malibu.

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