Couple rescued from cliffs at Torrey Pines

LA JOLLA (CNS) – A couple who got stuck hiking down cliffs Friday at Torrey Pines State Reserve were rescued without injury by firefighters and lifeguards.

It happened about 4 p.m., San Diego Lifeguard Lt. Rich Stropky said.

“A man and a woman in their 20s got stuck on a cliff ledge about 18 feet above the beach after hiking on the trails above,” Stropky said. “They couldn’t go down any further, and they couldn’t go back up because of the crumbling cliffs.”

Stropky said state parks, city lifeguards and a fire truck from Rancho Penasquitos were called in to assist on the rescue.

“A ladder was set up on the beach and firefighters assisted them in climbing down,” Stropky said.

The rescue took about 40 minutes.

Stropky said the two hikers were cited by park rangers for going off-trail.

“People should be reminded to stay on the trail and obey the signs,” he said.

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