Man hoisted to safety from cliff in Placerita Canyon

Clouds hang low over the hills in Placerita Canyon on Jan. 9, 2017 after an overnight rainfall. Katharine Lotze/Signal

Shortly after midnight, officials from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station received a call for an individual yelling for help in the vicinity of Placerita Canyon Road and Running Horse Road.

Sgt. Courtland Myers of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station said the call came in to the department three minutes after midnight.

“They responded and could hear the individual yelling for help,” he said.

At 1:44 a.m., Los Angeles County Fire Department was requested to assist in locating the adult male trapped on a cliff in the Placerita Canyon natural area.

Los Angeles County Fire Department Spokeswoman Vanessa Lozano said the department’s Air Operations conducted a hoist rescue to bring the man to safety.

Using night vision technology, firefighters in Copter 12 were able to locate the man who was “trapped mid-face on an unstable, rocky cliff in the Sand Fire burn area,” according to the LACoFireAirOps Twitter.

Emergency responders were able to stabilize the man, rescue him from the cliff and air lift him to ground units.

The rescue concluded at 3:15 a.m. and no injuries were reported.

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