CHP Helicopter Responds to Report of Car Down a Cliff in Pacifica
January 22, 2014
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  • A California Highway Patrol helicopter rescue crew was brought into Pacifica Tuesday afternoon to rescue a driver that went over the edge of the road down a cliff approximately 300 feet in the area of Manor Drive and Heathcliff Drive, said North County Fire Authority officials.

    At approximately 3:40 p.m. the North County Fire Authority, CHP and paramedics responded to a report that a car went over the embankment.

    The first arriving fire company determined there was only one passenger in the vehicle, said fire officials. They rappelled down the cliff side utilizing a rope rescue system and made contact with the adult driver inside the vehicle.

    The driver, who complained of head, neck and back pain, was extricated from the vehicle, placed on a backboard, treated for injuries, packaged and placed into a stokes basket, said fire officials.

    The CHP helicopter was then able to lower its hoist and lifted the victim up and into the helicopter.

    The helicopter transported the victim to the helispot located at Oceana High School where an ambulance was waiting to take him to a nearby trauma hospital.

    The extent of his injuries was not disclosed.
    Original post 6 P.M.:

    A California Highway Patrol helicopter rescue crew is responding to a report of a car that went off a cliff in Pacifica this afternoon, a CHP officer said.

    A car was reported to have gone 50-60 feet down a cliff along Heathcliff Drive, CHP Officer Jim Andrews said.

    Andrews was headed to the area for a possible hoist rescue and did not yet know the condition of the car’s occupants.

    Patch will update this story when more information is made available.–in-pacifica