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Tacoma Fire Department rescues 2 men from cliff at Point Defiance Park

Post by Brian Sandford / The News Tribune on April 22, 2012 at 8:51 pm with 8 Comments »
April 22, 2012 9:43 pm

Two men were rescued Sunday evening after they got stuck on the cliff near the Gig Harbor viewpoint at Point Defiance Park.

According to Dale Vaughn, battalion one chief for the Tacoma Fire Department:

The men had been walking on the sand at the base of the cliff and realized the tide was rushing in. They climbed back toward the Owen Beach area and got stuck about 30 feet from the park’s plateau, realizing it was too steep to climb farther or retreat.

The department got a call at 6:14 p.m.; a roped rescuer had helped them to safety by 7:50.

“We had two engines, three ladder companies, our tech-rescue rig and five staff” members involved in the rescue, Vaughn said, as well as two medic brigs.

Such rescues happen more frequently in the warm months, he said.

“I would guess we go out on these two or three times a month at Point Defiance in the summertime,” Vaughn said.

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. ItalianSpring says:

    Please be sure to send these guys a bill, with my compliments.

  2. averageJoseph says:

    Medic “brig”… lol.

  3. gonesailin06 says:

    To all you morons that get stuck with an incoming tide. BREAKING NEWS….THE TIDE GOES BACK OUT…..

  4. duke_of_hurl says:

    why cant you just wade in the water back to owens beach…people do it all the stays knee deep…or if your too far go up salmon beach..but yeah its fun walking in the water when the tide is comming in..

  5. I like the comment – the tide was “rushing in” WOW this is not Alaska, the tide moves fairly slow here, want to se a rush, go north young man as the saying goes.

    Perhaps, a better way for the paper to descibe this would be, “two men get caught because they were either too stupid or ignorant to understand that they were near a body of water that is affected with tides, and were not paying attention to the incoming tide until it was too late”.

    Oh, well, ya can’t fix stupid…

  6. esther414c says:

    I don’t recall ever seeing the tide “rush in” around there.

  7. Cerealkiller says:

    They should have just swam themselves to Owens beach. I’m sure it’s a case of cellphones raining dry. I do hope they get the bill for this

  8. Cerealkiller says:

    They should have just swam themselves to Owens beach. I’m sure it’s a case of cellphones remaining dry. I do hope they get the bill for this.

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