SAN FRANCISCO—Firefighters from the San Francisco Fire Department conducted a rescue operation to retrieve a construction worker who tumbled upwards of 50 feet down a cliff on Thursday, July 7.
At 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, a 911 call came in, reporting that a man, who has not been identified, fell over the side of a cliff on San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill near Coit Tower, according to the SFFD.
The worker was doing shoring work for a private company at the time of the fall; he was secured by ropes while he worked on a netting to shore up the cliff side.
Firefighters responded to the scene at 140 Chestnut St. where they conducted a low angle rescue to retrieve the construction worker.
The SFFD tweeted, “#CR140 UPDATE SFFD RESCUE preparing low angle rescue of victim who is conscious Fell during cliff shoring work. 0825” at 8:25 a.m.
Firefighters scaled the cliff in a rescue attempt, but the terrain made it increasingly more difficult to reach the victim. “#CR140 SFFD Difficult terrain to VICTIM is still conscious 0901,” he SFFD tweeted at 9:01 a.m.
The construction worker was rescued within the hour of the operation and was still conscious when firefighters reached him tweeting, “#CR140 UPDATE SFFD CLEARING SCENE.”
The victim suffered multiple traumatic injuries and emergency crews brought him to Lombard Street. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was treated for trauma and the injuries he sustained.