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Man survives 100-foot fall off cliff in Calif. after 22-minute rescue

A man survived a roughly 100 feet fall off a California cliff edge that “crumbled” beneath him as he was walking on it, authorities said.  

The man was walking at dawn along the cliff overlooking Moss Beach in San Mateo County, California, when the cliff collapsed, causing him to fall, CAL FIRE San Mateo tweeted.

A woman heard the man’s cries for help around 8:30 a.m. and dialed 911, CBS reported.

The rescue took approximately 22 minutes, authorities said. Video posted to the CAL FIRE San Mateo unit’s Twitter account captured more than a half-dozen firemen using a pulley system to bring the man up the steep cliff face to safety. 

The man survived a roughly 100 feet fall.
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Small waves crash into the beach surrounded by cliffs in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., Monday, May 23, 2022.Four people fell off a Southern California ocean cliff in the early morning darkness on Monday and a man was killed and two women were critically injured, authorities said.
The cliff collapsed, causing the man to fall.
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“Avoid cliff edges as they are unstable,” CAL FIRE warned in its tweet.

In May, a 25-year-old man died and three others were injured after the group plummeted from a roughly 300-foot ocean cliff in Palos Verdes Estates in Southern California. 



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