SAN FRANCISCO—Two unidentified teenage siblings were rescued by the San Francisco Fire Department after being stranded at a scenic viewpoint on the edge of Dead Man’s Point at Lands End; located just west of San Francisco by the Legion of Honor.
Firefighters responded to the the teens’ 911-call at approximately 4:42 p.m. on July 9. The teenagers were not able to provide their exact location. Firefighters were able to use the cellphone’s signal to send rescue crews and locate the teens. Rescue boats were also at the scene of the incident to assist in locating the teens, and serve as a precaution to aid the hikers to safety if necessary. According to San Francisco Fire Department Spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge, the teens had tumbled down a cliff onto an crumbling ledge.
The 15-year-old boy had reportedly dropped his cellphone while the teenagers were hiking. They became stranded once they descended to retrieve the phone, but realized they would not be able to reach it. When they turned around to try to climb up, they realized that the surface was too unstable to move. One of the teens stated that they had underestimated the steepness of the cliff, and that this will serve as a lesson to stay on the marked trail.
The siblings were pulled back up to safety an hour later at approximately 5:45 p.m.. Both siblings were uninjured and reunited with their parents after being examined by paramedics.