Homeless Woman Rescued Off Cliff

Published: November 20, 2005 | 2784th good news item since 2003

A homeless woman who broke her legs and was stranded when she fell partway down a Torrey Pines cliff was rescued Saturday, a lifeguard sergeant said.

Emergency crews were called to the cliff in the 2800 block of Torrey Pines Scenic Drive shortly before 10 a.m., a San Diego fire dispatcher said.

“A passerby saw her and flagged someone down who had a cell phone,” San Diego police Officer David Kries said.

The 47-year-old woman said she had fallen and been stranded while hiking the bluff with two homeless men Monday night, Kries said.

The group apparently had been drinking, Kries said.

The officer said that the extent to which the woman was dehydrated indicated she had been on the cliff for at least two days.

The woman was lifted to safety by a fire helicopter crew and airlifted to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, San Diego lifeguard Sgt. Bill Bender said.

Police determined no crime was committed, the officer said.

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