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Hiker stranded on cliff near San Simeon rescued

A CHP helicopter assisted in the rescue of a climber stuck on a cliff near San Simeon Point.
A CHP helicopter assisted in the rescue of a climber stuck on a cliff near San Simeon Point.

A hiker at San Simeon Point was rescued late Tuesday afternoon after becoming stranded 25 to 30 feet above the ocean.

Cal Fire Battalion Chief Paul Lee said the man, who was not injured, was hiking with a friend when he got stuck “in a gully” on the north side of San Simeon Point. The hiker was not identified.

“He was up high enough where, if he made any mistake trying to get out of there, it could have been disastrous,” Lee said, adding that rocky, sandy soil made footing difficult.

Lee said a CHP helicopter was instrumental in helping rescuers find the hiker.

“It’s difficult at best to find your way through that brush, and we were finally able to locate him with the help of the helicopter,” Lee said.

Lee said the hiker, who was stuck for “a solid hour,” rejoined his friend after rescuers used a low-angle rope system to lower a rescuer down in a harness and pull the two back up.

Lee said the area wasn’t known for problems with stranded hikers. But, he added, “Countywide, as the weather turns nicer, we start getting a lot more of what we call open-space calls” involving everyone from hikers to kayakers.

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