Lifeguards Rescued While Trying to Help Stranded Hiker on Cliff

Two lifeguards got stuck on a cliff in Malibu while they were trying to rescue a female hiker who wound up getting pulled to safety by other hikers

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    A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue crew member pulls Los Angeles County lifeguards to safety during a rescue attempt of a stranded hiker near Westward Beach in Malibu on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012.

    Sheriff's search and rescue crews had to help two lifeguards to safety on Sunday as they were trying to help a woman off a cliff in an area known as Pirates Cove, officials said.

    Members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Malibu Search and Rescue Team responded to the area in Malibu to help L.A. County fire personnel with the rescue of a female climber and two lifeguards.

    The female climber became stranded on a cliff, about 50 feet above the rocky shore below.

    The woman had been climbing shoeless in a bathing suit.

    She was located by lifeguards in a nearby ocean rescue boat.

    Using his radio, the lifeguard boat captain guided other lifeguards to the woman’s location.

    The lifeguards climbed up to her, but then found themselves stuck as well, sheriff's officials said.

    As one of the search and rescue members was deployed over the side of the cliff, the woman had been pulled off the cliff by a rope tossed to her from nearby climbers.

    The Sheriff’s Malibu Search and Rescue team member harnessed each of the two lifeguards and lowered them safely to the sand below.

    The lifeguards and the woman were unhurt.

    It was the second rescue at the location this year, officials said in a press release.

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