Sacto 9-1-1
June 30, 2010
Firefighters rescue man who tried to climb bluff in Fair Oaks

By Bill Lindelof
blindelof@sacbee.com

A man who tried to climb up a Fair Oaks river bluff last night only made it half way and had to be rescued by firefighters.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District firefighters were called about midnight to assist Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies in rescuing the man who attempted to climb from the water up the bluff near the old Fair Oaks bridge.

The 40-year-old man had been stuck for about eight hours about 100 feet up from the American River. It is not known why he tried to climb the cliff.

Firefighters lowered from the top of the cliff with ropes, hooked the man into a safety line and lowered him into an awaiting Sac Metro boat.

Sac Metro Assistant Chief Brian Rice said that the man was dehydrated and had suffered some scrapes, but was otherwise uninjured.

Call The Bee's Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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