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Recently, a 24-year-old female hiker narrowly avoided disaster when she was rescued from a 300-foot cliff in Topanga by a helicopter crew from the Los Angeles County Sherrif’s Department. According to reports, she was encouraged by a male hiking partner to attempt to descend the cliff, but soon realized that they had made a grave mistake. Although the man was able to climb back up to attempt to get help, poor cell phone reception in the area led to the woman being stuck for over two hours in a sitting position in a small hollow in the sandstone cliff. Fortunately, Sherrif’s department personnel were able to lower via cable from a helicopter, get a harness on the woman, and raise her to safety.
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