Night rescue saves man after cliff plunge

A San Francisco man was rescued by a California Highway Patrol helicopter crew Sunday evening in Daly City after the man fell to a beach at the bottom of a cliff, CHP officials said Monday.

At 5:50 p.m., a CHP helicopter crew took off after someone reported a man had slipped as he was hiking on some rocks and fell onto a beach at the bottom of a 300-foot cliff near Mussel Rock Park.

At approximately 5:50 pm, CHP Helicopter 30 responded to assist the North County Fire Protection District with the search and rescue of a 34-year-old San Francisco resident. The requested location was near Muscle Rock in Daly City. It was reported that a male had slipped and fallen onto the beach at the bottom of a cliff that and he was surrounded by ocean water. The male had been been hiking on slippery rocks when he fell and injured his lower extremities. Due to the non accessible location, CHP H-30 was requested to respond and rescue the party. H-30 arrived overhead and located the male at the bottom of a 300 foot cliff, on a sandy beach, surrounded by water and rocks. A CHP Offficer/Pilot hovered H-30 approximately 1 foot above a rocky shore line and deployed a CHP Officer/Paramedic. The CHP Officer/Paramedic assessed the male for injures and assisted him into the hovering CHP Helicopter. The male was flown to a nearby landing zone where he was transferred to a waiting San Mateo County AMR Ambulance. The male is expected to fully recover. All of this was done in complete darkness with the assistance of night vision goggles and the helicopter “night-sun”. #chpsanfrancisco#chpgoldengate

Posted by CHP – Golden Gate Division Air Operations on Sunday, November 5, 2017

CHP officials said the man injured his legs and was on a beach surrounded by the cliff and water.

Using night vision goggles and a searchlight, the crew hovered the chopper about 1 foot above the rocks and deployed a paramedic who assessed the man’s injuries and helped him into the helicopter.

The crew flew the man to a landing zone where he was transferred to an ambulance.

CHP officials said the man is expected to recover.