A man is lucky enough to be alive after falling about 100 feet from a cliff when it reportedly crumbled beneath him as he walked on it.
The incident happened around dawn when the unnamed man walked along cliffs in Moss Beach in California’s San Mateo County — about 35 miles south of San Francisco — and the cliff’s edge collapsed beneath his feet causing him to fall an estimated 100 . feet, according to CAL FIRE San Mateo.
But at 8:30 a.m., a woman walking nearby heard the man’s cry for help and was able to alert authorities.
Coastside Fire then arrived and were able to get the man to safety within 22 minutes of arriving, CAL FIRE San Mateo said in a tweet along with a short video of the miraculous rescue.
The video shows about a dozen officers pulling on a series of ropes anchored by a fire truck as the victim, accompanied by another officer, is hoisted along the cliff’s edge. As they approach the top of the cliff, the unidentified man who fell can be heard communicating with authorities about his condition, but he appears to be unsteady on his feet as he is pulled to safety. Authorities have not disclosed his current condition.
While the man appeared to be fine at the end of the rescue, CAL FIRE San Mateo had one piece of advice after the incident: “Avoid cliff edges as they are unstable.”
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