SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Fire Department reported that they rescued a man who was trapped on Santa Monica Bluffs on Monday, May 7. According to a press release Canyon News received from Patrick McNulty, Public Information Officer for the SMFD, firefighters responded to the 1100 block of Ocean Avenue after receiving a report of a person trapped mid-way down the Santa Monica bluffs below the Pacific Coast Highway at 12:33 p.m.

Initial arriving units spotted the man approximately 30 feet down from the top located in a precarious portion of the extremely steep hillside. Members of the SMFD’s Urban Search & Rescue team quickly established a high-angle rope rescue system to lower a rescuer down to the victim in order to secure him and prevent him from falling.

It took a total of 20 firefighters approximately 32 minutes from the initial 911 calls to when the victim was safely extricated from the hillside. The victim was a male in his late 20s who was evaluated by paramedics and taken into custody by Santa Monica Police Officers.