Two lifeguards who attempted to rescue a woman stranded on a cliff in Malibu ended up needing to be rescued themselves, sheriff’s officials announced today.
Rescuers responded to Pirates Cove just east of Westward Beach Saturday afternoon to assist with the rescue of a female climber and two lifeguard, according to Sgt. David Katz of the Malibu Search and Rescue Team at the Malibu/Lost Hills sheriff’s station.
“The female climber became stranded on a cliff side approximately 50 feet from the rocks below,” Katz said in a statement. “The lifeguards climbed up to her, but then found themselves stuck as well.”
Katz said the female had been climbing shoeless in a bathing suit when she got stuck. Lifeguards in a nearby ocean rescue boat spotted her, and the captain of the vessel guided other lifeguards to her location. Those lifeguards became stranded along with her.
Search and rescue personnel were sent to the location, but by the time a team member was deployed over the side of the cliff, the stranded woman had been rescued via rope by some nearby climbers, Katz said.
“The sheriff’s Malibu Search and Rescue team member harnessed each of the two lifeguards and lowered them safely to sand below,” Katz said.
The lifeguards and climber were unharmed.
Katz said this was the second rescue at this location this year.