Sunday, April 22, 2012

Rope Rescue Point Defiance Park

Incident Date: 4/22/2012
Issuing Officer: Battalion Chief Dale Vaughn
Indent Location: Point Defiance Park
Incident Type: Technical Rescue

Narrative: At 6:14 p.m. Tacoma Fire Department's Technical Rescue Team responded to a rope rescue in Point Defiance Park.

First arriving companies found two men clutching onto trees and stuck about 30 feet from the top of the cliff.  The pair's access out of the beach area was cut off by the rising tides and their attempt to climb the steep cliffs near the Gig Harbor view point area left them stranded. 

Using a sopisticated rope system, crews were able to rappel the cliff, secure the pair, and bring them to safety.  There were no injuries to report.