Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Firefighters rescue a person stranded on the cliffside in Pt. Defiance Park

Incident Date: 8/25/12
Issuing Officer: BC Gary Steinhoff & BC Jim Scott
Incident Location: Point Defiance Park
Incident Type: Rope Rescue

Narrative:  At 7:33 p.m. Tacoma firefighters responded for a reported person trapped on the hillside in Point Defiance Park near the Gig Harbor lookout area. 

Crews arrived to find one person stuck a short distance down the embankment.  As the tide came in the person climbed the steep bank in the dark, but got stuck near the top of the hill where the incline becomes vertical and impassible.  Crews set up a high-angle rope rescue system, sent a firefighter over the edge to harness the person and pull them to safety. 

The person was evaluated and released at the scene with no injuries to report.