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Coast Guard helicopter rescues three from cliff near Muir Beach

Three people stranded on the face of a cliff near Muir Beach on Saturday night were hoisted to safety by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter, authorities said.

The U.S. Coast Guard and Southern Marin Fire Protection District responded about 8:15 p.m. to reports of people stranded on the cliff.

The Coast Guard posted video on Twitter of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew pulling up three people from the cliff about 9 p.m. Another two people with the group managed to climb up to the top by themselves, the fire district said.

No injuries were reported.

Lt. Cmdr. Eric Schwartz, Air Station San Francisco Dolphin aircraft commander, said:

“Cliff operations are inherently risky for both ground parties and air crew, and are significantly higher risk during nighttime. … We were glad the conditions allowed us to save three lives alongside our partner agencies.”

The Southern Marin fire district cautions hikers to stay away from the edge of cliffs and pay attention to warning signs.

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