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June 18th, 2013
09:25 AM ET

Authorities retrieve two teens stuck on a cliff – Miguel Marquez reports

Imagine being stuck atop a cliff, thousands of feet in the air, and the dramatic rescue mission fit for a movie.

Two boys were stuck on the rocky spine of a ridge 8,600 feet up in the air and only a few feet wide on Saturday before California Highway Patrol plucked the boys to safety with the precision of a surgeon.

Miguel Marquez has the story.

“Bad decisions 16-year-old Austin Dreschler and a friend on a family camping trip will never forget in gorgeous but unforgiving nature,” Marquez says.

With high winds up to 30 miles per hour, Marquez explains the challenge for the patrol was lowering harnesses the boys themselves had to put on, then coming back around to have them hook up to be safely carried to a landing zone miles away. It took four passes before they were successful.

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