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Video shows dramatic helicopter cliff rescue along Big Sur coast

Watch California Highway Patrol air rescue a man at McWay Cove

The California Highway Patrol released footage of their Coastal Division Air Operations rescuing a man stranded at McWay Cover at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.
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The California Highway Patrol released footage of their Coastal Division Air Operations rescuing a man stranded at McWay Cover at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

The California Highway Patrol Coastal Division released dramatic footage Friday of a helicopter rescue along the Big Sur coast from earlier this week.

The video shows what CHP described as a “one skid” landing by the H-70 crew to pluck a man who had been swept into the ocean Tuesday from a rocky embankment near McWay Falls at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

CHP said the man was able to pull himself out of the water but not to safety. The helicopter then transported the man to a turnout along Highway 1, CHP said.

Take a scenic drive up Highway 1 during a break in the storm on Friday, March 2, 2018. A strong storm swept through California on Thursday and Friday, dropping more than 1 inch of rain in several parts of San Luis Obispo County.

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