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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 |
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.

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